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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Having a healthy lifestyle is nothing to laugh at. But it may very well be something to sing about.
Dr. David Haines, of Warsaw, has been singing with the Chain Oâ€™ Lakes Chorus for six years and sees many healthy advantages to singing.
â€śYou get a high from singing just like runners get from running,â€ť said Haines. â€śThere are endorphins released when you sing, just like when playing sports.â€ť
The barbershop chorus is comprised of men from Whitley and Kosciusko County with a range of talents and abilities. The main thread that connects them all â€” they enjoy singing in a barbershop genre.
Barbershop music is built around four-part vocal harmonies. There are a number of different kinds of barbershop styles, but the true genre has its roots planted in songs such as â€śGood Night Ladies,â€ť â€śSweet Adeline,â€ť and â€śHello My Baby.â€ť
â€śThis is not just a hobby, itâ€™s a way of life,â€ť Haines said while wearing a T-shirt that read, â€śWarning: Barbershop singing is addictive.â€ť
As a physician, Haines recognizes the health bonuses that come from singing.
Studies show singing is a way to exercise the lungs, since sustained breathing requires breathing deeper than normal and from the diaphram.
â€śWhen you breathe like this regularly, you reduce the possibility of respiratory infections,â€ť said Haines. â€śItâ€™s a workout for the lungs. It makes them stronger and keeps them clear.â€ť
Singing also tones abdominal muscles and stimulates circulation. When standing to sing, it engages back muscles and promotes good posture and poise.
â€śSinging is an ageless activity,â€ť Haines said. â€śAt 70 years old, I might not be able to play sports like when I was younger, but I can still sing.â€ť
To learn more about the Chain Oâ€™ Lakes Chorus, visit www.chainolakeschorus.com.
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