Creating art is beautiful, but as any other job, it involves a lot of hunching, twisting, and bending. As an artist, you will experience a lot of physical strain, especially if you work long hours. Working that much will, as in any other job, because stress and take a toll on your well being. No matter whether you are a musician, a painter, a sculptor, a dancer or something else, as an artist, your body is your essential asset, and it’s important to take proper care of it. The following 5 exercises can help you stay healthy and fit. Since they don’t take time or space, you can do them from the comfort of your studio. You can do these exercises before work if you want to improve your focus and energy levels, or you can do the after work to maintain your health.
Plank it out
Planking is a great exercise for building your core strength. You certainly know how to do it, and it requires only a little bit of time and space. If you are spending the entire day standing at an easel or throwing clay, doing a plank will strengthen your core and make sure you have a proper posture.
Stretching Like Superman
If you suffer from lower back pain, stretching like Superman will definitely help strengthen the muscles of your lower back. To do this exercise, lie down on the floor and stretch your arms and legs as much as you can. Also, raise your arms and legs off the floor and hold for 30 seconds until you lower them down. Repeat this movement 10 times and then rest. When you pair this exercise with planking, you will definitely have a very strong core. Cape is optional.
Use the Jump Rope
Jumping rope is an excellent cardio exercises to wake up your body, get your heart pumping and blood flowing. If you haven’t done this for a long time, start with 60 seconds at a pace that feels comfortable. These 60 seconds are enough to replace a 20 minute walk. So, when you don’t have enough time take a walk to visit a local art gallery, you can stay home, but start jumping!
Push-ups are very healthy for you because they work your core, shoulders, and arms. This is also a great all-around workout because it makes different muscles work at the same time. Push-ups don’t require a lot of space and you can easily adjust the exercise by changing the position of your arms and legs. This way, you can also work on different muscles and body parts.
This is not an exercise that will help you become fitter, but it is important to prevent injury and increase mobility. Foam rollers are also great self-massage tool. We recommend keeping a foam roller in your studio to occasionally release the tension caused by stress and fatigue. Start by positioning your targeted muscle group on the roller, and make sure your spine is straight. Do 10 repetitions on each side.