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Do You Play a Wind Instrument?

By Tom Herrin

In school, most people pick up some kind of extra activity.  It is a great way to enhance the quality of life. Many people are into athletic activities, theater, public speaking, and many others.  One of the most common is music. There are all kinds of choirs. There are also bands and orchestras. Those who spark an interest in music are able to develop some great skills that may be carried over into their lives as they grow older.  For those who did not choose music in school, there are still lessons available in many places. While singing is great, learning to play a musical instrument can be a wonderful way to enhance health. Those that require wind to produce their sound have some special things to contribute.

They May Improve Breathing

Anyone who has ever played a brass or wind instrument is familiar with the amount of air required to do so.  While each of these works in a little different way, they still operate on wind. The lower brass and wind instruments require full capacity of the lungs.  The higher ones require quite a bit of pressure as well. The end result is working the lungs so that they will utilize their maximum ability with greater force.  It may be a great way to train better breathing.

They May Improve Posture

Playing an instrument that must use air from the lungs can help people to form better habits.  When they use their lungs, it is necessary that they sit or stand straight. This allows better use of the diaphragm.  It will also improve the muscles that support the body, such as the core muscles. Combining this with the fact that the instrument itself weighs a few pounds will increase the demand placed upon those basic core muscles.

It Can Increase Personal Fulfillment

Creating anything can do something to help people feel productive.  It can provide a feeling of accomplishment. Everyone needs something to take their minds off of everyday things and allow them to step aside.  I am able to play a couple of instruments though not all that well. It is always a good feeling. It is another good way to relieve some stress.  It can be socially uplifting as it is one of those things that you can do with a group of friends or other people.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntersville, N.C.

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