I don't know about you, but I'm far from ready for Christmas. I haven't even started my shopping. Not necessarily a surprise when there was so much to do preparing my students' Holiday recital. It was a huge success! Now it's time to seriously think of gift giving. With that in mind I've put together a wish list. For a singer, maintaining health is important, so here are some ideas beyond scarves and water bottles. You might want to put these on your own wish list or maybe get a gift idea for a singing friend. This is certainly not a definitive list, but these are things that I have found very useful in my own life as a singer and hope you will too.
1. What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body by Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen and Kurt-Alexander Zeller.
2. Voice at the Center by Ruth Williams Hennessy (DVD).
3. PiYo (DVD) by Beachbody.
PiYo is a workout routine that changed my life. I had suffered from chronic back pain for over 20 years until I did this 60 day DVD program. It is a stretch and strength workout inspired by movements from Pilates and Yoga, but more dynamic, so you get a good cardio workout as well. You will build lean muscle from this with body weight exercises and improve flexibility and range of motion. It’s a low impact workout and has modifiers to follow if you’re just a beginner. Celebrity trainer Chalene Johnson originally developed this workout as a live class and leads you through all the DVD workouts. I loved it so much that I have now become a PiYo Live instructor. It’s great for singers, as we don’t need to bulk up in muscle and it helps with posture and alignment. The workouts are short only about 30 minutes long, so they fit into a hectic schedule and very cost effective too. Click here for more information about PiYo. Or contact me.
4. Stability Ball.
5. Resistance Bands.
6. Foam Roller.
7. Massage gift card.
Who doesn’t like a massage to feel relax, rejuvenated? Though self-massage with a foam roller, tennis ball or other method can be helpful to ease tension, nothing beats a professional massage by a registered massage therapist! They aren’t cheap though, so make sure everyone know that you have this on your wish list, maybe you’ll get a few gift cards and will be set for massages for the year.
9. Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Guilia Enders.
,Branded as “The Healthiest Meal of the Day”, it truly is. It’s not your average protein or meal replacement shake. The whole foods in it are chosen for their nutrient density with minimal processing. There are no artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, soy or high fructose corn syrup. It contains digestive enzymes and probiotics – important for gut health (see 9). It certainly helped me with my gut health and I have experienced greater energy and mental clarity. One of the best things for busy singers is that it is great to make sure you have a healthy meal on the go or when traveling. Click here for more information about Shakeology.
I hoped that's helped you for the singers on you list or even for yourself. I better get started on my shopping, decorating, card writing (yes, i still do cards), baking...
Merry Christmas to all you Fit Singers!