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On the eleventh day of vocal health, my true love encouraged me...to keep huffing and puffing.

There are weird unicorn people who just LOVE to exercise. I'm admittedly not one of them.


Well, I do really enjoy walking, especially outdoors with my doggo when he's feeling well enough, or walking in between roller coasters on my days off at the theme park. And I enjoy dancing when I've got some fun music on in the house. And I'm starting to really love Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube.


I WISH I loved going to the gym. It's just not my jam. One of my goals this year is to stop feeling bad about hating the exercise that I hate, and start really making time regularly for the stuff that I enjoy. After all, if I hate it, why do it? I'm much more likely to stick with something that I actually like.


Exercise is beneficial for the body. I don't think anyone can dispute that any longer. It used to be thought by some earlier pedagogues (Richard Miller, for one, as stated in The Structure of Singing) that strenuous exercise could be detrimental to singers , but that has been shown through research and practice that it's not true.


Generally speaking, anything that is good for your body is good for your voice. So today's challenge is to find ways to strengthen your body, and enjoy the benefits that a healthy lifestyle can bring to your singing. And if you're local, you might find me today walking at the mall, where I like to go when it's chilly and gross outside. Feel free to join me.


What will you do to strengthen your body and your voice this coming year? Whatever you choose, make sure it's something you really like so you'll stick with it. And feel free to jump on my socials and post about your favorite ways to work out, and encourage the rest of us to stick with it, too. Research also shows that we are more likely to stick with something when we both feel accountable to others and receive encouragement. So keep on huffing and puffing! Your singing voice will benefit.


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