Pucker up: The benefits of whistling

January 22, 2020

Americans have been inundated with news of “whistle-blowing” during the lead-up to the impeachment investigation, but we rarely hear much about just whistling—and it turns out, it’s surprisingly good for us, both physically and mentally.

Those of us who pucker up a few times a week may realize a host of benefits, from reduced stress levels to delayed signs of aging, according to a report by Healthy Builderz. Among the many perks are the following:

  • Whistling helps eliminate stress: No matter if you are working overtime, stuck in a traffic jam on your way home, or running errands, whistling clears your mind—stopping you from concentrating on problems and fixing your attention on your favorite tunes.
  • It reduces anxiety: Popular techniques for alleviating anxiety include breathing into a paper bag, or in and out through one nostril at a time. The goal is to slow down your breathing. You can do either— or simply whistle. Not only will it help in regulating your breathing, but also in diverting your attention from the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety.
  • Whistling improves your mood: Studies have shown that something as simple as whistling is often enough to lift our spirits. Try pairing whistling with taking a walk in the park, whipping up a healthy dessert, doodling on a piece of paper—any other activity that you find helpful in improving your mood.
  • It boosts lung strength: Whistling on a regular basis helps fortify your breathing, and this strengthens your lungs (and your diaphragm, too). As a result, every single cell, tissue, and organ in your body is supplied more efficiently with much-needed oxygen. Additionally, whistling helps improve the expulsion of carbon dioxide that your body no longer requires.
  • It makes exercising less boring: One of the simplest yet highly beneficial forms of exercise out there is walking for at least 20 minutes. If it’s something that you refuse to do simply because it bores you, then consider whistling each time you get on your feet. Whistling helps make walking for several minutes a bit more amusing.
  • It keeps you young-looking: Who knew? Whistling helps strength the cheek muscles, as well as those around your mouth—keeping them from sagging.

Research contact: @Healthbuilderz

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