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Horn Blowers May Be Working Out

By Tom Herrin

Not everyone who finds a way to improve health is actually looking for it when they do.  While many are out running, biking, lifting weights, or playing some kind of aggressive game, others are plodding along doing their thing.  If their thing happens to be playing an instrument such as a brass or woodwind that depends on the air people can create, they may be doing something to make themselves healthier without even knowing it.  The fact is that people who play those instruments may be doing more than if they were playing some sport.

It May Improve Breathing Habits

When people play instruments that require wind to make their sound, it actually helps to develop their lungs.  The lower instruments work on the basis of people using their full lung capacity. The higher instruments require people to use full capacity plus a greater amount of force.  It is even believed that people with asthma may see some improvement in their condition as a result of playing one of these instruments.

It May Improve Posture

Playing instruments using wind means that the person playing them will need to hold their body up straight in order to produce that wind.  This is whether they are sitting or standing. It is a simple principle of correct practice making perfect, at least somewhat. When the fact that they are also holding an instrument that weighs a few pounds is added in, it is a good total package.  Holding the body correctly will help those muscles firm. It is the only way for the diaphragm to work efficiently to produce so much air. These practices will soon become habits when done repeatedly over time.

It May Help Relieve Stress

Everyone needs some way to deal with the stress that builds up in their lives.  Playing an instrument that uses wind can do some of the same things that happen with any other kind of workout.  Not only does it provide satisfaction for a job they have done, but it also can build a little confidence. If people feel good about themselves, it often seems that the pressure is off.  If you once played a wind-powered instrument, pick it up and do a little practice. If you don’t play and would like to do something different for your health, lessons are available.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Longmont, Colo.

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