Movement for Music Professionals
The music business is dynamic and exciting, but that doesn’t come without a lot of hard work. There are many days where hours go by and we’re glued to our computers or paperwork. Do you find yourself losing focus throughout the day? Do aches and pains distract you from getting your work done? A sedentary lifestyle can take a toll on your body, and your mind.
Incorporating movement throughout the day will not only help you feel better, but can also clear your mind and increase productivity. Even if you’re not an athlete, your body craves movement. The fatigue or stiffness you feel during a day in the office is your cue to get up and away from your desk, even if it’s just for a few moments.
A U.S. research program on workplace movement encouraged employees to integrate some form of physical activity into their routines every 30 minutes. Of the 239 who responded to a post-program survey, 42 percent reported heightened engagement and concentration.
Brief bursts of movement throughout a sedentary day can act as a pick-me-up for the brain, and help you work longer with a clearer mind. So, what are some of the things you can do to include movement in your work day?
Hold Standing Meetings
Build teamwork and take a break from sitting with standing meetings. Instead of meeting around a boardroom table or sending your reports and updates through email, encourage your team to unchain themselves from their desks. Even a small amount of physical activity can chase away discomfort in the body. As an added bonus, a bit of movement wakes up the brain and can improve creativity and problem-solving.
If you find yourself getting sucked into your work without taking proper breaks, set yourself a reminder on your computer or phone for a movement break every 30 minutes. This doesn’t mean you have to get up and walk around every half hour. Simple movements like shoulder shrugs, wrist stretches, and neck rolls at your desk can be effective, too.
Be Aware of Your Posture
It’s easy to slouch when you’re glued to a desk, but poor posture can lead to a number of health problems, including headaches and back pain, fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome, and can even negatively affect your mood. To sit with proper posture, keep both feet flat on the floor, knees slightly lower than your hips, and shoulders relaxed away from the ears.
Once you start becoming more aware of your movements, including a little bit of activity in your day will be second nature. If you want to explore a more active lifestyle outside of work, set some health and wellness goals for yourself or try out these beginner friendly yoga classes for music professionals.
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