As we get older, we notice loss of muscle strength in our bodies. It might be harder to climb the stairs or run for the bus or lift heavy parcels. Lots of people do something about that – they go to the gym or start exercise programmes to maintain muscular strength and physical flexibility.
But most people don’t realize that their voices are aging too. Speaking is an activity that is so natural and automatic that most of us aren’t even aware of how our voices sound, or that they are changing.
Speech is a physical activity. With age, the muscles and cartilages that you use to speak can lose bulk and elasticity, and the voice starts to sound ‘old’ – it might be softer or a bit quavery – lacking the firmness and strength of a youthful voice. Or you might find that you are losing breath capacity and control, and when you speak you have to take a breath more often, so the words don’t flow as well as they should.
Vocal practise and exercises will help to keep speaking muscles toned and the voice sounding young.
Peak Speech offers:
one-on-one training sessions