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Country Vocals Lessons: Body - A Healthy Body

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So let's talk about keeping
our instrument healthy
on a day-to-day basis.
One of the best ways to keep
your instrument healthy,
is just to keep your body healthy, and
this is such a great practice to be in,
as a human being.
You take care of your instrument
by taking care of yourself.
Again, you are your instrument.
There's no separating the two.
So, if you take care of yourself,
your instrument will stay healthy.
So, it may seem obvious, but
were just gonna cover the basics.
If there's any aspect of
this part of the course
where you think, yeah,
I could probably do a little more there.
I could probably change my
lifestyle a little bit here.
I encourage you to go ahead and try it,
at least while you're in
the ArtistWorks vocal course.
If there are things in this lesson that
you're not doing, I challenge you to
incorporate them into your life, at least
for the time that you are in the course.
And see if it doesn't make a huge
difference, not only in your voice and
your instrument, but just in how you
feel every day as a human being.
The first one is diet.
What you put into your body,
and we have a lot of
bad habits that we can
develop really easily,
eating junk food,
not getting a balanced diet.
So I'm just gonna tell you, right now,
take an inventory of what you're eating.
If you feel like you need work
in this area, make a journal.
Create a list every day of what you eat.
I'm not talking about counting calories,
I'm not talking about being obsessive
about how much you're eating, I'm just
talking about making sure that you've got
healthy clean food going into your body.
Whole foods that have not been cooked.
So fresh fruits, fresh vegetables
every day, as much as possible,
uncooked, raw, whole, healthy food.
Or lightly steamed, lightly cooked,
so that the nutrition stays in it.
Organic when possible, avoid pesticides.
Avoid artificial colors,
artificial sweeteners,
chemicals that are preservatives that
prolong the shelf life of processed foods.
Just avoid it, just try it.
If you're not all ready doing it,
just try it.
Hit your local farmers market.
Hit the organic produce
section of your grocery store.
There's a lot more organic food
available now than ever before.
If you're a meat eater,
make sure that you've always got fresh
vegetables in tandem with your protein.
If you're not a meat eater,
make sure your proteins are complete.
Beans and rice and
always fresh vegetables to go with it.
Put good fuel into your body.
That's the first,
pay attention to your sensitivities.
Do you have trouble when you eat dairy?
Do you have stomach issues
when you eat dairy, or
do you find that you've got a lot
of mucus in your instrument?
You might have a dairy sensitivity or
wheat or sugar.
Sugar is a huge alert, like a red flag so
many singers have
sensitivity to sugar that
cause their instruments
not to perform as well.
So just pay attention to how
your instruments performing.
Some people are sensitive to
just changes in humidity.
So, just pay attention to what's
going on with your instrument.
And, make sure that you're giving it
healthy fuel with the food
that you're eating.
Second thing is, get that heart rate up.
Your heart muscles drives the successful
blood flow through your entire body.
Blood flow is critical to keeping your
vocal cords, the muscles and tendons,
every part of your vocal instrument
is fed by healthy blood flow.
And your ability to respond quickly and
make changes to how your
mechanics are working.
All depends on warm, healthy,
blood flow and muscles responding quickly.
So, another secret to keeping your
instrument healthy and your body healthy,
I know you've probably heard a lot
of talk about it already, but water.
There's some discrepancy in exactly
how much every day is optimal for
a healthy human system, but suffice it to
say, you're probably not drinking enough.
Unless your keeping a bottle of
water with you at all times.
You should probably increase your water.
And a lot of successful water intake has
to do with not drinking other things.
So if you're like me and
you're a chronic coffee drinker,
you should probably opt for water instead
of that fourth or fifth cup of coffee.
Or if you're a soft drink drinker, you
should just run away from soft drinks all
together, but
definitely substitute a glass for
water for
that Coca-Cola that you wanna reach for.
Then you avoid the sugar, and the
chemicals, and the artificial colorings,
and all the other stuff
that goes into soft drinks.
LaCroix, which is a sparkling water
with a little bit of fruit juice in it.
Or my personal favorite is IZZEs or
San Pellegrinos,
which are a little bit sweeter, but
have that carbonated bubbly stuff but
are basically water,
great substitutes for singers.
So, make sure you're getting at
least a liter of water a day.
Third thing is get sleep, yes, get a good,
at least six to eight hours
of sleep every night.
If you're on the road,
if you are in a busy time of your life,
it's always gonna be a challenge but
carve out that sleep.
And if you're having trouble,
see your doctor,
find out what might be going on there.
Maybe you're needing to
cut down on your caffeine.
Take care of your body, and
your instrument will respond.
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