Move Your Body!
Singers, there is one thing that you should be doing for yourself everyday, and no, it's not practicing! I am talking about movement of your body. I know, you've heard it all before: Exercise is healthy- makes you happier, thinner, clearer-headed, etc. . . In fact, we hear it so much, it gets old!
But did you know that regular movement is imperative for your vocal health and development? There are so many reasons that you've heard before, but I am going to explain 2 reason which make body movement uniquely helpful to vocal development.
The first reason is a little more intuitive. When we regularly move our body- be it in yoga, dance, running, cycling, etc.- we increase blood flow and oxygen to our muscles, organs, and tissues. This simple reason should be enough to make you want to hit the stairs, because in doing so, we are maximizing our vocal stamina, and health. While exercising, we also strengthen our respiratory musculature, which directly aids our vocal breath support. When our circulation and respiration are optimized, we are able to sing at our best.
And if that weren't enough . . . Another reason we should be doing some form of exercise every day: Moving our body unlocks intelligence in our psycho-physical bodies, and can overcome technical and mindset blocks in a way that rational thinking cannot achieve. How is this possible? Well, in our body we have many feedback loops between muscles/organs/tissues/cells/ and even mitochondria, and parts of our brain. These feedback loops represent intelligence stored by the body, that we cannot directly access with our conscious minds. When we engage in movement, blocks in these pathways of information can be removed and information flows more freely to our subconscious mind. This, in turn, helps us assimilate technical information, and helps us overcome subconscious blocks that are stored in the body as fear.
But don't take my word for it. Try it. Engage in some form of exercise every single day - even 20 minutes will do- and notice the benefits. I am willing to bet there will be many more that you weren't expecting!
I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences, so please comment below and let me know how exercise has impacted your vocal growth.