Number 47 in our countdown of '70 Ways Art Improves Our Health' highlights how singing in a choir can have a range of wellbeing benefits…

We all know that music and singing lifts our spirits. But the evidence now shows that it also provides a range of benefits for our physical health, which can improve our life expectancy.

Singing is an aerobic activity, meaning it increases oxygen in our blood. It also exercises major muscle groups in our upper body. Researchers in Sweden found that singing in a group leads to increased variability of heart rate. This is significant because low variability is associated with high blood pressure.

Singing in the choir is about more than just enjoyment, it genuinely makes you feel better.

Diane Raybouldone, study participant

A study from the Royal College of Music found that group singing can also help improve the immune system especially against lung infections and even cancer.

The benefits aren’t just limited to this physical workout either, our brain sees some action too. Our concentration improves as we focus on instructions. And singing has been found to reduce stress and anxiety.

This all goes without mentioning the social aspect of singing as part of a group too!

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