Welcome to #30mins30days in September! Every day we will suggest an activity which you can do right here in Falkirk to get you active, whether mentally or physically. Please let us know what activities you are trying by joining in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #30mins30days. We look forward to seeing which activities prove popular and to see who is trying something new!
Day 9: Join a Choir
Sing Forth is an adult community choir and we are currently looking for new members. The choir meets on Thursday evenings and covers a range of musical styles looking at everything from Emeli Sande and the Killers, to musical theatre and Scottish classics. No experience is required just a love of singing!
The Benefits of Singing:
All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain's "feel good" chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being. But of all types of singing, it's choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic effects on people's lives.
A 1998 study found that after nursing-home residents took part in a singing program for a month, there were significant decreases in both anxiety and depression levels. Another study surveying more than 600 British choral singers found that singing plays a central role in their psychological health.
Some of the ways in which choral singing makes people happy are physical, and you get them whether you're in a chorus or in a shower -- as long as you're using proper breathing techniques during that shower solo. Singing can have some of the same effects as exercise, like the release of endorphins, which give the singer an overall "lifted" feeling and are associated with stress reduction. It's also an aerobic activity, meaning it gets more oxygen into the blood for better circulation, which tends to promote a good mood. And singing necessitates deep breathing, another anxiety reducer. Deep breathing is a key to meditation and other relaxation techniques, and you can't sing well without it.
However, it’s not just about the physical effects of singing. It’s fun, you’ll meet new people and get the chance to perform!
Bookings are taken by the Steeple Box Office (01324) 506850.
- The current session runs from 27 August - 08 October 2015; 7:00-9:00pm
- Camelon Education Centre, Abercrombie Street, Camelon
- This is a 7 week term and will cost £4.00 per week.
Tuesday, 8th September 2015