Health Notes – A Musician’s Health
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As working musicians, most of us have to go to work at various times of the day. Some of us have a day job and then we have our job as a performing musician most of the times at night. We sometimes work so many hours and the work load becomes so strenuous, we forget to consider our health. Bad news…..well, to say the least! Our health is just as important in our lives as our jobs, and in order to keep up with the demand of the jobs we have to make ends meet, we neglect our health. When one lets health go by the wayside and does not eat and get enough rest, the body will suffer, and suffer it does.
When we work so much and do not take the time to rest and eat properly, our health starts to decline and the body starts to show signs by means of feeling tired and sick, or just not enough energy to cope. Our bodies can take just so much before it starts to show signs of fatigue and starts to fail. It is a well known fact that musicians, or a large number of them, do not pay much attention to their health until they get sick. It is essential for working musicians to maintain their health and get enough rest and eat as well as possible in order to maintain the workload they are under.
Many musicians have day jobs and the hours are long and some of the jobs are hard, therefore, when the day job is over and the musician gets home, there is very little time to rest and get a proper meal, they just grab a bite and head to the gig. This sort of living will work for many young musicians but they too will eventually start to feel the wear and tear on the body. As the body ages, the times will tell on the musician and the body will suffer. Proper rest and nutrition is the key to a great performance and the ability to perform night after night as a working musician. Sometimes, eating well and eating in a timely manner isn’t always possible simply because of the schedule working musicians have to work. However, with a little effort as well as planning one’s activities, the ability to manage one’s health IS quite possible.
James Dean Fisher
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