Redditch Rock Choir and TV doc show singing really is good for you - The Redditch Standard

Redditch Rock Choir and TV doc show singing really is good for you

Redditch Editorial 29th Sep, 2018   0

REDDITCH and Bromsgrove Rock Choir was the focus of a brand-new experiment on BBC TV show ‘Trust me I’m a Doctor’ which aired earlier this week.

During the episode Dr Michael Mosley teamed up with experts at the University of Nottingham and Rock Choir members to put singing, dancing and cycling to the test.

His objective was to find out if any of these activities boosted our level of endocannabinoids – neurotransmitters thought to be the cause of the ‘natural high’.

As well as giving us a ‘buzz’, these chemicals are linked to improving mood and reducing anxiety and stress.

Rock Choir members were tested in each activity over 4 days and blood taken to monitor their levels of endocannabinoids.

The end result showed that whilst dancing and cycling raised their happiness levels by 20 per cent, singing raised them by an extraordinary 40 per cent.

Kidderminster Rock Choir leader Christa Hugo said: “I’m thrilled to see the BBC’s results.

“I regularly hear from the choir members how their well-being has improved since joining us and I see the difference in them firsthand.”

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