4 Ways To Benefit Your Body By Playing The Piano

May 8th, 2018 - 3 Comments

 

In a previous blog post, I talked about 5 incredible ways playing the piano helps strengthen your mind (you can find that post by CLICKING HERE).  In this post, I want to let you in on four awesome ways the piano also helps keep your body happy and healthy – the piano truly is a miracle instrument huh?

Fights The Adverse Effects of Aging
If you can make playing the piano a small, but consistent part of your daily routine, it can actually fight against the adverse effects of aging.  Research has shown that piano playing increases the levels of the Human Growth Hormone in older adults, sometimes by as much as 90%! Human Growth Hormone isn’t just for body builders – in fact, when produced naturally, it helps fight against wrinkles, aches, pains, and osteoporosis.

Strengthens Hand Muscles
Studies have found that “piano performers have actually changed their cortical mapping to increase finger speeds.”  This not only increases your fine motor movement, but acts as a light physical therapy, and over time can reduce swelling in your hands and wrists, fight off arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.

Better Your Coordination
Due to the independent hand movements required to play the piano, older adults have have found an increase in their hand-eye coordination.  This is due to the “re-mapping” and the stimulation of several parts of your brain when you are playing the piano.

Reduce Blood Pressure and Stress
We all carry a bit of stress on our shoulders about one thing or another.  This stress can not only have a negative effect on our emotional well being, but our physical well being as well.  One major impact it has is on your blood pressure. But you’re in luck! Multiple studies have shown that piano playing helps to drastically reduce stress, which will then have the added benefit of decreasing your blood pressure, and adding to your overall health.

 

I hope this post, and my previous one on how the piano benefits the mind, show you just how amazing the piano is!

 

Happy playing!
– Scott

 


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SOURCES:

http://www.steinway.com/news/features/the-benefits-of-playing-piano
http://recreationpiano.com/benefits-of-adult-piano-playing/
https://www.lindebladpiano.com/blog/benefits-of-playing-piano
http://www.turnerskeyboards.com/adult-piano-learning/
https://rebeccasingermanknight.com/2013/04/10/why-playing-the-piano-is-an-excellent-form-of-stress-relief-teddington-piano-teacher/

 


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3 responses to “4 Ways To Benefit Your Body By Playing The Piano”

  1. Steve Bass says:

    There are some beautiful tunes in your fake
    books. I play them liberally, giving me extraordinary enjoyment. Each time I play, I seem to “noodle” a bit differently. I look forward to the day that my music playing actually matches what I hear in my head.
    Thank you for this experience.
    Steve

  2. Nikki says:

    Great Article. Glad to see so many benifts.

  3. Jessy says:

    There are many benefits or positive effects of music, especially piano for a child. Playing the piano can stimulate the intelligence or intelligence of children who learn music. Thanks for the article, this is very useful. The most important thing in playing the piano is the aspect of concentration. No matter how clever a person is at playing the piano if his concentration is distracted he can not play the piano well. clavis.nl

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