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4 benefits of playing an instrument in later life

By 3rd March 2017 No Comments
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We have spoken before about how playing an instrument can benefit children, but did you know that picking up an instrument in later life has some great benefits associated to it too?

From improving memory to strengthening the immune system, playing an instrument offers plenty of perks that you can benefit from.

Brain training

In recent years, there have been plenty of apps and games available which claim to help you to ‘train your brain’ and give you a great cognitive workout, however, it has been found that playing a musical instrument is one of the best ways to achieve this.

Through learning how to play a musical instrument, you can gain benefits such as improved word recall and non-verbal memory, a reduction in memory loss, and it has also been found to help to prevent against dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Improves mental health

Not only does learning how to play a musical instrument train the brain, it can also play a part in helping to improve mental health.

By relieving boredom during those times where you find yourself on your own, teaching yourself new songs on a musical instrument can defend against depression, restlessness and loneliness, which is fantastic for overall mental wellbeing.

It also provides a great way to meet new people as you can join groups, lessons, or workshops, and turn your new hobby into a social activity.

Boosts immunity

By lowering blood pressure, playing a musical instrument is the perfect stressbuster which, in turn, gives the immune system a boost. It has also been found to increase the production of white blood cells which also helps to protect against illness.

Even listening to music can bring stress levels down, so finding and listening to people playing your chosen instrument is a great way to take a break from practicing.

Keeps you looking young

Forget anti-aging creams, playing a musical instrument has been found to increase the production of hGH (human growth hormone) which slows down the aging process.

The study that looked into this found that there were a number of benefits linked to playing an instrument, including reducing osteoporosis, wrinkling, and general aches and pains.

With all of these benefits available, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t all be playing musical instruments, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. Our Sweetone tin whistle is ideal for beginners and costs just £9. Plus, it’s available in 6 great colours to show off your personality.

If you have any questions about starting to learn the tin whistle, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we’d love to help!

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