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Wind and Health May Go Together

By Tom Herrin

The ongoing search for something to improve health is really without limits.  The usual fallbacks are running, biking, swimming, or some other kind of workout.  Most people fall into one of two categories, they either love the feeling or hate the thought.  This is mostly because of the thought that they have to burn a lot of energy in order to make any real progress.  While there is plenty of truth to this idea, there are other ways to enhance health without all of that hard work, or at least they don’t realize it when they are working that hard.  Playing a horn, such as a brass or wind instrument, can do some good things as well.

It May Form Better Breathing Practices

When people play instruments that require wind, they must create some good habits.  For the lower instruments, people will need to use full lung capacity to make the desired sound.  For the higher ones, they will use all of their lung capacity plus greater force. Either one can help form some patterns of breathing that will help to make breathing more efficient.  It is much like many exercises. It is even believed that it may help asthma sufferers in some cases.

It May Improve Posture

Playing these instruments will demand that the person playing it will have good posture.  It is necessary in order to produce the wind as well as to correctly hold it while playing.  Whether someone is sitting or standing while playing, it can cause them to work the core muscles.  They will do this not only because they need to produce the wind, but also because the horn weighs a few pounds and can be physically taxing to hold and carry.

It May Build Confidence

Playing an instrument can put people on the spot.  Trying to play well can be a challenge. Practice will be needed.  Once you can play a selection of some kind, playing in front of others will be the next step.  The feeling of performing can be both intimidating and rewarding. It can also help to build the confidence in your ability to do something and do it well.  While we are all insecure about things we are unfamiliar with, practicing and improving our skills can be part of a great goal. If you once played a horn, dust it off and put in a little practice.  If you have never played one, lessons are available. It can be a great way to improve health and get a little culture at the same time.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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