Healthy Tip: Sing for your Heart

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Heart Research UK Sing for your Heart

Even if we don’t all sing like a rock star or have the voice of a nightingale, we can all name a tune that makes us feel happy when we hear it and singing along from time to time. It might happen when we’re soaking in the bath, getting ready for somewhere special, taking to the road, or preparing dinner in the kitchen. One thing is for sure, when you sing you feel relaxed and happy, with increasing evidence that your heart can benefit from a good tune. 
Singing and listening to music has been linked with better breathing, boosting the immune system, helping with relaxation, acting as an antidepressant, promoting self-esteem and even helping to cope with chronic pain.  All of this is wonderful news for the most important organ of your body, your heart.  

Use our healthy tips to get yourself tuned in to a healthier, happier life for years to come.

Get the fix
At such a busy time of year when you’re working hard and spending harder it’s easy to rely on artificial stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and sugary snacks for a ‘pick me up.’ These can drive up your blood pressure and add pounds to your waistline- significant risk factors for heart disease.  So before you open all the windows on the advent calendar or reach for the festive plonk, see how good it feels to belt out some tunes and work those vocal chords and lungs instead.  Our #SingforyourHeart campaign will get you singing, donating and nominating, leaving you giggling and feeling uplifted without the added calories.  

Become part of something bigger
Whilst singing on your own is good for the heart and soul, singing in a group seems to have more heart health benefits. When people sing together there is an increased sense of belonging and shared purpose, which can be good for reducing depression and isolation and improving the health and unity of communities. Do a good turn and sing some Christmas carols or number 1 hits at your local hospital, care home or sheltered accommodation scheme.  The elderly, unwell, isolated or lost souls will welcome your joyful tunes and may even join in with some popular classics.

Shake it off
Bellowing out a tune is thought to be a form of aerobic activity as there is an increase in flow of oxygen around the heart, lung capacity increases and major muscle groups in the upper body are used.  Like with all physical activity, the benefits for your heart depends on your level of effort, as well as body size and current fitness.  As a rule of thumb, if your heart rate is raised and you’re left a little breathless it’s likely you’re giving your heart the workout it needs to keep beating for longer.  Combine with dancing or moving about most days of the week to make every note count toward your weekly 150 minutes. 

Let the beat drop
When your heart is happy and free from anxiety, blood pressure drops and your heart becomes much better at doing the job it’s meant to be doing- keeping you alive and healthy.  If you enjoy singing and you’re passionate about helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives, why not Sing for your Heart this December.  Click HERE for more information about how to get involved in our exciting new campaign.

Singing, dancing and laughing are a tonic for your heart, best combined with healthy eating and exercise and enjoyed in good company. So fine tune your vocal chords, spread a little love and help people live healthier and longer lives.