Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Take Care of Your Body and Your Instrument
You are your instrument, so take care of it well. Health, how you eat, how you sleep, and how you handle stress all have an impact on your singing voice. We all know this, but it is hard to keep ourselves focused on what we need to do to take care of ourselves. Try to simplify if you can to make these 4 goals attainable.
1. You are What You Eat (and Drink)!
Eat a well-balanced diet and drink lots of water and liquids without caffeine. Pay attention to your body and it's response to certain foods. Do you sing well after you eat a small, bland, carbohydrate rich meal? Do you do better with just eating a banana and a glass of water? Stay away from spicy or acidic foods before singing if you know you have mild reflux. Avoid dairy before practice if you tend to have extra mucus afterwards that interferes with your singing.
2. Sleep is a Wonderful Thing!
A well-rested singer is a strong singer. We all know that the more sleep we get, the better we function in general. It is IMPERATIVE for a singer to get sleep to rest the body, vocal cords, mind, and to fight off infections such as colds that we come into contact with in everyday life. It really is a key element in staying healthy.
3. Moderate Exercise Makes your Body Function at Maximum Capacity for Singing!
Find a balance of cardiovascular activity and mind and body exercise (yoga or pilates) that you enjoy so that you can stick with it. The cardiovascular exercise helps you use your air efficiently while singing and give you the strength and stamina for practice and performances. Yoga and Pilates help balance the mind and stress a singer encounters while working the inner core muscles and deep breathing used while singing.
4. Pay Attention to Your Body and What it is Saying!
Are you run down or feel like it takes you a long time to get your voice warmed-up? Do you feel like you are catching a cold? Get some extra Zzz's and drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables.
Are you full of energy and singing well? If so, keep doing what you are doing- it works for you! We all must find our own balance of what keeps us physically and mentally healthy for our best singing.
Take some time and tune in to what your body says on a daily basis.
What works for you? Please share your thoughts. What have you noticed change by following these 4 things?