Keeping healthy for violin playing
Curious as to things other people do to keep their bodies in shape for playing. I know some people stretch, do yoga, pilates, massage etc. I recently heard about something called nerve flossing that looks interesting and also The Melt Method which reminded me of the Miracle Ball Method I bought 25 years ago and started using again.
I don't do anything specific to keep healthy for violin playing. As a rule, if you keep healthy for general purposes, you should be fine for violin playing, as long as you play correctly.
I agree with Ella.
Keeping a consistency to your playing is helpful for maintaining violin health. I don't do anything specific to keep healthy, aside from trying to keep the amount of time and kinds of activities I do relatively similar day-to-day.
I maintain at least 30 min/day cardio work out and 30 min yoga each day when I'm not at the gym. When I go to gym, then I'd work out at least one hour intensely with cardio and weights. I also walk a lot and do random deep squatting. I practice standing and sometimes walking around or standing on one leg for balancing. These activities are probably not enough to keep me on top condition. I'm hoping to increase my exercise time and intensity gradually in the next a few months.
Yixi, actually I would say maybe all these activities together are a bit too much!
Gym 3-6 times a week, depending on how my injuries are behaving and what program I'm working on. HIIT once/twice a week, medium intensity cardio for 15-25 minutes every gym day, + biking and running in the summer.
Michael, I've done quite a bit Tai-Chi back in the 80s when I was a oncology nurse in Shanghai. It was mandatory for us to learn and practice so that we could be healthy and educated enough to guide our patents when needed. I was a restless young woman then and the way we were taught was just not inspiring so there's some baggage staying with me till this day. I tried to learn again in Canada a few times, from non-Chinese teachers. Didn't work either. Ashtanga and Yin Yoga now fill the gap.
Right now I'm lifting weights, but otherwise yoga. I should probably do more cardio. Meditation is nice. I'm not generally into alternative modalities or whatever, but I go to Alexander Technique lessons, and find them helpful for not only violin, but lifting weights as well. Sleep is big, and I try and maintain a healthy diet.
Laura -- this is an excellent topic!
Christian, yup. That's specifically recommended by a couple of my trusted GPs and it's apparently uncontroversial among other GPs who are keeping up with the latest literature.
I try to eat right -- pizza, burgers, take-out, anything fried -- and I make sure to wash that down with at least a couple of beers to keep my liver in optimal condition. For exercise I watch reruns of "Law and Order" on television. I'm hoping to have a heart attack within the next few years before my term life policy expires. So far it's not working real well so I might have to take up cigarettes. LOL
Paul -- can I suggest the DJT "presidential" daily dinner?
When I feel I should take more exercise I check out my age card and lie down until the feeling goes away.
The rich really do know how to live. Such luxury...
4-5 hours on this baby every day will having you play Pagannini caprices like nobody's business:
Sorry, I have to correct: the recommended
I suppose it depends on the body dynamics of each one while practicing. I do an extraordinary amount of running by many standards. Almost 100km every week (11Km/1h every morning and 40Km/5 hours every Saturday. Sundays I rest) On top of that I go to work by bicycle and practice martial arts and Yoga. I did all that before playing the violin. However, even with all my training I feel my back and shoulders very tense after some practices and I have found out that swimming soothes in minutes any back tension. I recommend swimming a lot for anyone who needs to study/practice still for hours daily.
Robert Schumann, as an up-and-coming star concert pianist used some sort of mechanical device to strengthen his fingers. Unfortunately, something went badly wrong, one of his fingers being crippled as a result. Which is how Robert Schumann became a composer.
I just tried Prancercize this morning and the police started following me. I can't figure out why.
"I just tried Prancercize this morning and the police started following me. I can't figure out why."
I reckon Prancercize is best done in a secluded field in the company of a like-minded horse (or pony, or perhaps a dog).
I would imagine it is best done alone and not near a window. Perhaps in a bunker of some sort.
Just keep in mind that, when the police are following you and the neighbors are screaming at their kids to "GET IN THE HOUSE,NOW !!!", you can't put too high a price on good health.
Interesting and amusing. I have not spent enough (actually any) time around horses to be able to have a clue on how to properly prancercize. But perhaps I could imitate the cat when she is flying through the air attacking her cat toy.
Laura, there are instructional videos on youtube. I wish I were making this up.
Yeah, keeping healthy in general is enough for most people (i.e. cardio and a good diet). I'd actually say sleep is equally important.
OK, ah-- no.
I tried an exercise for a sore neck from Frankenkrais, some exercise method. It got rid of neck pain in less than 5 minutes. So I'm thinking, perhaps these other exercises may be of help. I'll give them a try.
Oh my! The video scared my cat away.
scares everyone... except Mary Ellen
Yixi, that Prancercise demo in the Fitness with Passion video was sure frightening the horses, so I'm minded to resile from my previous opinion :) - except that a dog would look on it as yet another game and would expect a ball to be thrown.
I like this guy's approach. Yes, it seems at first to be at odds with playing the violin, but then aren't we in the era of doing whatever is against common sense?
That Prancercise demo also reminds me of Captain Jack Sparrow's iconic running gait. 'Nuff said!
The human body evolved to move. Exercise is an adaptation to a world where we don't move a lot. So, the key to any good exercise is movement. The problem is that humans also like to be immobile. So, we have to find a form of movement that we like so much that a day without makes us miss doing it. Simply there is no single form of motion that will work for everyone. Some people like the gym because it is efficient. Others like to swim, walk, run, jog, practice yoga, bicycle,.. and the list goes on.
Doug, you know DJT doesn't eat the buns with those two Big Macs and two Filet-O-Fishes. And no fries either. It's still a heart attack on a plate.