Running, weightlifting and yoga are typical forms of ‘healthy’ activities to take on board, but have you ever wondered about the benefits of playing the piano, and what impact it can have on your health and mental well-being? Both mentally and physically, taking piano lessons has proven to be incredibly beneficial. This blog post will open your eyes to why piano is such a wonderful and rewarding instrument to learn, and how it can be a healthy lifestyle choice for you.
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Here are some of the reasons to consider learning the piano and how it can benefit you:
1) It improves your memory
Recent studies have shown that for people who play the piano, it helped to reverse the decline in memory loss. Muscle memory and sight reading are a great skills to have!
2) It heightens concentration
Many sections of your brain are having to be used when playing the piano. It’s the same as a full-body brain workout! Simultaneously using our focus and applied knowledge creates patience and concentration. These are both valuable skills to transfer in every day life.
3) It boosts pattern recognition
Learning melodies, scales, arpeggios and chords on the piano all spark pattern recognition in our brains. Over time, patterns will become second nature and you’ll find your pattern recognition improving every time you lay your fingers on the piano!
4) It decreases stress and anxiety
Do you constantly feel in your head? Are you needing an escape from the stresses of everyday life? Playing the piano has been proven to alleviate stress and depression. Research shows that developing this skill is encouraged for all ages, and there is no upper-age limit for learning! It’s the ideal hobby for mood-boosting and when you’ve had a hard day, there’s nothing like sitting down at the piano and losing yourself in a beautiful piece of music!
5) It expands hand eye coordination
It’s a well-known fact that playing the piano requires hand eye coordination, and learning to play different hand movements at the same time helps to stimulate different areas of the brain. For both children and adults with reduced motor skills, challenging the brain through playing piano can improve the signals and even strengthen coordination.
As you can see, learning to play the piano has incredible benefits both mentally and physically (as well as being really fun!).
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