Voice Training- 4 Tips For Voice Fitness

4 Great Tips For Voice train­ing and Fit­ness

While there are lots of things we can do for voice train­ing and fit­ness, I want­ed to give you a heads up on 4 tips that are impor­tant to keep your voice in good shape.

Whether you are pre­sent­ing to oth­ers, teach­ing, talk­ing a lot at work or for­mal­ly doing voice train­ing, the fol­low­ing tips will help your voice stay strong and fit.

Voice Train­ing-Tip 1 For Voice Fit­ness

As with any part of our body we want to work well, our vocal cords in our throat also need to have enough hydra­tion to stay moist and sup­ple. Oth­er­wise your vocal cords will begin to tight­en and get caught and scratchy. This doesn’t make for ease of speech!

You need to drink enough water. You can also drink warm drinks and add a bit of hon­ey in there to help. More pro­fes­sion­al singers and per­form­ers often also use a steam machine to keep hydrat­ed. They may use it before a per­for­mance to hydrate the vocal chords. The show­er is also a good ‘steam machine’ as well.

You may have noticed singers stop­ping and sip­ping water dur­ing their per­for­mance, or a pre­sen­ter or speak­er sip­ping from a glass of water near them peri­od­i­cal­ly.

Voice Train­ing- Tip 2 For Voice Fit­ness

Again, like any part of the body, your vocal cords and sur­round­ing sup­port mus­cles, need to be warmed up to work opti­mal­ly.  Of course there are more com­pli­cat­ed exer­cis­es to do this as well, but an easy one that you can do pret­ty well any­where is to hum gen­tly.  You can hum a song you know, or just make up a hummed tune, or gen­tly hum up and down in pitch. Do this for a few min­utes before you need to present some­thing etc. This will also help relax you.

Here’s a pic­ture of the lar­ynx so you know what we’re talk­ing about.

Voice training- 4 Tips for voice fitness

Voice Train­ing- Tip 3 For Voice Fit­ness

While you’re talk­ing remem­ber to keep your breath full and cen­tred and from the tum­my area or diaphragm, as opposed to shal­low, and from the chest. Your breath sup­ports your speak­ing effort. With full and cen­tred breath, your voice can stay rich and you can talk for longer with­out dis­tress. It also keeps you relaxed. If you’re relaxed your throat mus­cles don’t tight­en up. When your throat mus­cles are tight and you use your voice for a while, you strain all the mus­cles and your vocal cords. This can end up caus­ing a hoarse voice, or loss of voice often, or an uncom­fort­able scratchy throat etc.

In fact just gen­er­al­ly, in every­day life, it’s good to breath ful­ly and in a cen­tred way down into your tum­my ( not push­ing), to keep good body oxy­gena­tion (includ­ing your brain) to func­tion well, and to stay more relaxed as you go about your dai­ly busi­ness.

Voice Train­ing- Tip 4 For Voice Fit­ness

If you talk a lot, or use your voice a lot, you need to be care­ful that you also have enough vocal rest. Like any ‘mus­cle’ your vocal cords can become dam­aged from over use and strain.

Vocal rest not only includes peri­ods when you rest your voice after talk­ing a lot, i.e. have a peri­od of time when you don’t talk, but it also means get­ting enough sleep.  Your body rests and regen­er­ates among oth­er things, while you sleep, and so do your vocal cords and throat mus­cles. Enough sleep means you aren’t fight­ing with your body to keep going when it’s tired and caus­ing stress or dam­age to it.

Of course the­se tips are for every one of us who has to use our voice a lot. If you want more in depth infor­ma­tion and need to know how to get a richer voice qual­i­ty have a look here.

Wish­ing you good voice fit­ness. Esther

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