So why should we warm up before we sing?
Well, we wouldn’t expect to go for a run, take an aerobics class or lift weights without warming-up.
A warm-up before exercise allows us to stretch the muscles gently, and literally ‘warm them up’ so that they are ready to undergo the stresses and strains of exercise.
It’s exactly the same for singing. Whenever we sing we put strain and tension on our vocal cords (which are tiny and quite brittle), neck muscles and diaphragm. Warm-up exercises stretch out the cords and muscles, loosen them up and prevent any damage when we subject them to the demands of singing.