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If you want to be a complete singer, it’s super important that you have a physical exercise routine. That is not only good for general health, but it’s crucial to improve your voice. If you don’t, at some stage, you are going to hit a ceiling.
Today I’m going to tell you about the three types of physical exercise that can improve your singing just by doing them!
Swimming is great for singing for many reasons. The first one is that it helps you use your voice from a low-pressure function. Maybe you don’t know what I mean by this, and in that case, I urge you to go and check out my video about the difference between the low-pressure larynx function and the high-pressure larynx function which has to do with the way the larynx works. And that affects everything you do, but especially your singing.
You can check that video in which I explain a lot more in detail, but for now, just know that when we are not trained singers, we tend to sing from a high-pressure larynx mode in which everything is tightened.
You can harm your voice like that and that is how most people learn to sing. So for singing, we need to learn to activate the low-pressure system. Now this is not that easy to activate because it keeps your throat in a more vulnerable state and your nervous system wants you to be safe.
So that’s why most of the time we go to high-pressure mode instead. But for singing, we need to develop that. Swimming is one of the activities that bring your system to a low-pressure mode of functioning.
It allows you to have much better breath support, which helps many aspects of singing, such as reaching high notes with no effort.
Another great exercise for singing is walking and jogging. If you don’t do any exercise at all don’t start right away with a power walk. Instead, build your way up to it. You want to do about 30 minutes a day of power walk. That is going to increase your tolerance to CO2, which allows you to have what we call an ‘open throat ’.
And it makes you more resilient to stress when you are singing, which is very important. If you are a performer, it’s crucial to develop tolerance to CO2.
Another exercise form that I love for singers is dancing! Dancing has a lot of benefits for singing. It is also an activity that brings your vocal system to a low-pressure mode of functioning, particularly if you are doing some partner dance such as salsa. it brings your body to a low-pressure mode because you have to do a lot of differentiated movements and it gives you flexibility of the spine.
Those are things we want for singing!
Dancing is an activity that connects you with others, which means you are going to have a positive effect on your vagus nerve which is connected to the diaphragm and the larynx, improving your voice flow.
But dancing gives you something else. It allows you to train your spatial awareness skills, which is crucial when singing on stage.
What I will suggest after you try some of these exercises is that you go ahead after you trained on those and sing a gentle voice warmup to integrate the benefits right away. And if you don’t know any voice warmups that you could do, I have a free, super gentle voice warmup that you can download right away from the button below:
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