Why should I exercise and eat a healthy diet?
Health matters. As a singer, the body IS the instrument. If the muscles are weak, if energy is low, then the voice doesn’t have a chance.
Increasingly, I have found myself telling my students that taking the time to exercise is as important as practice time. In fact, I’ve told them that if they only have 10 minutes a day, they should spend that time working out rather than practicing.
Take time for cardio. Work the abs. Even more, work the BACK strength. Especially in singing, the abs should be strong, but if the back muscles are weak, the abs collapse from lack of resistance. Strong leg muscles support the torso, creating a balanced body. A balanced body frees up the abdominal muscles to support the breath. Strong intercostal and oblique rib muscles, created through twisting exercises, allow for increased control of the descent of the diaphragm.
I have heard many excuses (including from myself): [···]