My recommendation to all singers and speakers is that you do some physical activity which strengthens your body's core muscles. Without this strength, you cannot apply enough breath support and breath control to your voice to have it work optimally.
Health, weight contrrol, bone building, mental clarity and endorphin release that makes you feel so great... all these are fabulous side effects of regular physical training. (Only a vocalist would put it that way:) I'm very busy, but the truth is that I have a physical body that my voice cannot do without.
Find a trainer who understands the special precautions needed by someone who values their voice. For instance:
- no grabbing at the glottis (vocally straining or grunting)
- very careful not to strain neck and shoulder muscles. Strengthening is great, but not straining.
- also careful not to overtrain and tighten those muscles with too much weight lifting.
- concentrates (which most would) on core torso strengthening and flexibility (stretching).
His name is Ricky Harris. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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