Your Way to Better Health
by Sárka-Jonae Miller
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(The Best Years in Life)
In the late nineteenth century and early
twentieth century, whistling was a popular way to entertain people in the United
States and Europe. In music halls and Vaudeville, professional whistlers would
whistle tunes and imitate bird and wildlife calls. Whistling was popular mainly
with the working class, but today is more often associated with Disney dwarfs.
But whistling while you work shouldn't be a dwarfs-only activity. The once
popular pastime offers several health benefits, from boosting your mood to
attracting new friends.
Whistling Benefits Your Mood
ability to affect how people feel is well documented and as simple as it sounds,
whistling a happy tune can change your perception when you're worrying about
life's problems. Professional whistler Robert Stemmons told NPR that whistling
improves your mood and lowers stress. John Wagstaff of the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said that he believes whistling is an effective way
to release emotions. Wagstaff runs the Music and Performing Arts Library.
whistling can't curb major emotional upsets, it would be a better option than
yelling at someone for cutting you off on the road, for example. And it can
certainly make time go by more quickly.
Whistling for Your Lungs
to lifting your mood, whistling is good for your heart and lungs. Wagstaff says
it promotes healthy blood circulation and a normal heart rate. When you whistle,
your internal organs get a massage as your diaphragm drops downward during
inhalations. The deep diaphragmatic breathing required for whistling brings more
oxygen into your body, which is also good for your health and your mood.
similar to purse-lipped breathing, a strategy that some people use during
pulmonary rehabilitation, such as when dealing with chronic obstructive
pulmonary disorder (COPD). COPD is the third leading cause of death in the
United States. The condition is characterized by shortness of breath, mucus
production, and coughing, and is known to worsen over time. The purse-lipped
breathing exercise is essentially whistling without producing tones. You simply
breathe out with your mouth in the same position puckered lips position you use
to whistle for a count of four before inhaling through your nose for two counts,
infectious. Oftentimes, you hear someone whistle and you want to whistle too. It
can be a great way to connect with people, just don't do it loudly in a library
or during a lecture.
To get the
full benefits of whistling, make sure you breathe correctly. When you take a
breath in, your diaphragm should drop down, causing your abdomen to expand. If
your abdomen does not expand, you are probably breathing into your lungs only.
Chest breathing does not lead to abdominal organ massage or the stimulation of
blood flow into the organs.
best to breathe in through your nose with your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
When you exhale to whistle, the air, of course, exits through your mouth and
your abdomen deflates. Breathing this way helps to remove moisture from your
tip is keep calm and never attempt to force whistling. If you don't want to
learning to whistle to be a literal pain in the neck, stay relaxed, possibly
using a mirror to check that your shoulders aren't creeping up to your ears.
easy for some people, but many people struggle to produce a single note. The
good news is that anyone can do it with a little practice, though perhaps not as
well as the professionals. Or the Seven Dwarfs.
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About the Author
Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the
fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse
University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group
exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy.
Sárka also writes fiction. She is the author of the chick lit novel,
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