As musicians, a lot of focus and practice goes into our musical aptitude. But what about our health — both mental and physical? Often, that’s set to the side as we navigate busy practice schedules, constant gigs, or stressful auditions.
On the mental side, staying emotionally balanced and knowing how to handle stress is super important for musicians of all types. Whether you’re a hobbyist trying to balance practice with a 9-to-5 job, or a career musician playing regular gigs and staying out late networking, it all can take a toll on your mental health.
And on the physical side of the spectrum, staying in shape really can help your technique! Think about it: as a singer, you need the stamina to sing long phrases and support your sound. As a brass player, you may be relying on your arm strength to hold up a heavy instrument. And every type of musician can benefit from stretching (especially if you tend to tense up when you play!), dance classes (to help with rhythm), and posture work.
So, what are the best exercises for you? Thanks to TakeLessons.com there’s a helpful infographic showcasing the recommendations from music teacher Jasmine Tilley, based in San Diego, CA. Check out the best fitness exercises for musicians below!