5 Ways Playing A Musical Instrument Can Benefit Your Health

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Besides being fun, learning and playing a musical instrument can have many positive effects on your health and mental wellness. Research shows that these benefits can occur at any age and come from playing any instrument. Keep reading to see why people are playing instruments to improve their general health.

Stress Relief 

Playing an instrument can help refocus bad energy into something positive and enjoyable, which in turn can help alleviate stress. Reduced stress levels lead to slowing down your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure. Research shows that playing and composing music can reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels.

Improves respiratory system 

Whether you’re singing show tunes or blowing into a saxophone or oboe, one of the most important things you can learn is how to breathe properly. Producing a good sound on any wind instrument is dependent on your breath, making breathing with the proper technique a must.  So while you are in the pursuit of becoming a great singer or woodwind player you are actually also improving your respiratory system.

Exercise 

Playing an instrument can be a great form of physical activity. Playing the piano, guitar or drums takes a lot of upper body strength and playing  for extended periods of time can help build muscle while also improving your posture and increasing your stamina.

Improves Cognitive Performance

It has been shown that playing and listening to music can help improve memory in  people suffering from  Alzheimer’s disease. Playing music has even been shown to help people recover from strokes as well as slow down the onset of dementia and Alzheimers.

Improved Immune System

Research between Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music has found that singing for an hour can increase levels of immune proteins, reduce stress and improve people’s mood. Studies have also shown that making music enhances the immunological response, which enables us to fight viruses.

5 Responses

  1. It’s interesting to know that playing instruments can also be a great form of physical activity. As you said, playing for a long time can help build muscle on the part that you use it. I guess it’s not just enjoyment that I can get if I buy an accordion for myself, but I can also be exercising without me knowing.

  2. I’d love to exercise while playing an instrument. So maybe drumming is right for me. I’ll see if I can try it out before I buy a set.

  3. I loved learning that playing an instrument can help reduce stress by turning negative energy into something positive. My youngest sister has recently been interested in the flute and how it works. I will definitely suggest that she consider learning to play the flute so she can have an outlet for all of her stress.

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