Some of us love to exercise and others really can’t get a handle on it! There’s no arguing however, with the fact that exercise is good for us. So do you think singing in a choir is exercise? If so, then joining a choir seems like a brilliant idea, particularly if you don’t enjoy other forms of exercise.
Well, you’re in luck! Because there’s a book called When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H Pink who believes that singing in time with other people is as good for you as exercise!
Why is singing a form of exercise?
Using research from psychology, biology and economics, Pink believes that singing in a choir is good for everyone. Specifically, it calms your pulse, boosts endorphin levels, improves lung function, increases pain thresholds and reduces your need for pain killers. He says that choral singing also boosts your mood and self-esteem and reduces stress and depression.
All of these outcomes can be the result of exercise, so it’s easy to see why singing in a choir can be as good for you as exercise. It’s not just choral singers who benefit from this synchronisation, because Pink states that rowers also feel happier and healthier when they row together rather than rowing on their own. Pink believes it’s all about timing, which is not an art, but a science.
He says that many outcomes in our lives are the result of getting the timing right, not just the benefits we experience when singing in a choir. For example, he talks about the ideal time to leave your job or get married. He uses the timing in our day to show us how we can lead more productive and successful lives. It’s a great book!