March is "singing and wellness" month.
That’s not a real thing but I’m declaring it so, nonetheless. Why not? Singing and wellness go hand in hand.
Truth be told, the pursuit of any positive passion is good for your health and wellbeing. But singing has some specific health benefits. That’s what I’ll be talking about in this edition of the Singer’s Self-Improvement Series.
And I think you’re going to love what I have to tell you!
I’ll also hook you up with this month’s vocal workout plan to help you continue building good vocal habits.
Hopefully, you’ve been keeping up with progress so far. If not, (or if you’re new here) it’s never too late to start!
Enjoy, and please share this with anyone else who may be interested in developing the healthy and happy lifestyle of a singer!
March Lifestyle Goal: Wellness
Wellness is most often defined as the state of being healthy in body and mind, usually in an actively sought-after way.
Whereas healthy is essentially being disease-free, wellness is more the choice to live a healthy and fulfilling LIFESTYLE. The lifestyle of a singer aligns with this, making the act of being a singer a perfect wellness tract.
But here's the extra great news...
You’re ability to schedule your vocal workouts (which should happen a MINIMUM of 3 times a week) doesn’t have to get in the way of your exercise routine. It can be a part of your physical exercise! Here’s why:
Singing is a physical activity, and although it’s not as intense as something like jogging, it DOES burn significant calories.
An hour of singing while standing can burn about 165 calories in a 175-pound person.
Add movement and dancing, even if only for 30 minutes of song work practice, and you can add another couple hundred of burned calories (depending on intensity and your weight).
Now, multiply that by a 3-hour gig. Hm!
But calorie-burning isn’t the only health benefit:
Singing also strengthens your immune system, oxygenates your blood, and then because of the increased circulation singing causes, better delivers that oxygen to your muscles. These are just SOME of the perks!
Now, let’s talk about singing and wellness.
Singing is a natural anti-depressant, lowers stress levels, and increases mental alertness. Pursuing your passion for singing will improve your confidence, your sense of purpose, and will most likely have social benefits (like bonding with bandmates or participating in a community chorus).
Having a sense of purpose, having more confidence, and finding your social “tribe” are all things that will make you happier, which will keep you inspired to take better and better care of yourself. It’s a beautiful cycle!
If you have a passion for singing, then embracing the lifestyle of a singer is your best choice for a path to better health and wellness.
Your March Challenge for Lifestyle and Singing:
For all of March, I challenge you to keep trying new ways to incorporate stretching, core strength, and cardio into your practice sessions. Change up the vocal exercises, too (from older blog installments or my YouTube channel).
Here’s a starting place for this week’s practice sessions:
- Do stretches and planks (Feb installment) and palm presses.
- Choose from the various vocal workout options in previous installments.
- Do 30 minutes of upbeat, animated song work with the added goal of creating a stage performance (dance around, encourage imaginary-audience participation)
- End the workout with a fruit and veggie smoothie, or some other healthy meal (because you’re still paying attention to good singer’s nutrition, right?)
If you’re interested in a more structured approach to vocal improvement, my new online singing courses will be available this spring (2019) at www.OnlineWithJudyFine.com