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Exercise Your Way to a Better Broadcast

Last week’s blog post was about how breathing can help your podcast.  This week I’m going to explain how exercise can do the same thing.

We all know we should exercise.  We get the message several times a day from fitness gurus and doctors.  The advantages of exercise are limitless, it seems.  But have you thought about the effect it might have on your broadcast?

Let’s look at a typical day when you’re doing a podcast.  You probably sit at your computer right up until time to record because you are lining up guests, checking your material, and looking for information to share in the podcast.  The problem with this scenario is that when you sit for more than 20 minutes your blood tends to pool in the trunk of your body.  This means less blood going to the brain, which is where it needs to be if you’re going to sound sharp and energetic for your podcast.

Exercise improves your circulation and therefore more blood goes to your brain and muscles to get you ready to sound your very best.  And the good news is that you don’t have to sweat for an hour to have this effect.  Research from California State University has shown that a 10-minute walk will boost your energy for up to two hours.  (Check this out for some variations on walking that can be done by your desk.)

So get out there and hoof it before your podcast.  You’ll feel better, sound better and think better!

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Kelly, Arte Styling June 29, 2010, 5:46 pm

    Just another reason to keep going to yoga! Thanks for the heads-up.

  • Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D. June 29, 2010, 6:00 pm

    Yoga is a great way to exercise! Not only does it make your body more flexible, but it reduces stress, which is a real enemy to a good voice. Keep it up!

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