Singers: Shed Those Extra Pounds

Be less anxious and more energized on stage -says Sharon Zarabi

So there’s always that last 5-10 lbs to lose, or maybe a New Year’s resolution that should finally be put to play in preparation for the next performance.

Yeah, you know that extra pudge of skin you can grab from your waist- consider that extra body fat.

But it’s not always easy to get to a gym or have a regular time for working out – so that is why I’m suggest three creative ways you can meet these goals – between shows, on tour or just during a time when your regular schedule is up in the air.

1) Stairs. Jogging or climbing stairs is one way to elevate the heart rate. An elevated heart rate and increased duration of activity use both carbohydrates and fat as fuel to assist in weight loss. Just try this the next time you see a set of stairs – take these instead of the elevator. If you have 5 extra minutes go up and down 3-5 flights at a time.

2) Floor Stuff. Spend ten minutes on the floor of your hotel room each day doing pushups, sit-ups and squats. These work the larger muscle groups such as your chest, biceps and triceps; core muscles such as abdominals; and quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes respectively. Beginners can try pushups on their knees.

3) An Extra Walk. Always think about choosing a place for lunch or coffee that involves walking several blocks – you can get your walking up to 30 minutes a day to sneak in cardiovascular activity without even realizing it. Remember: the benefits of walking; it keeps the lymph nodes and heart functioning efficiently.
Remember, though, the key to success is an active lifestyle combined with clean eating. To learn more about diet go here.

Why You Need To Do This?

Not only will you lose those extra pounds, but you’ll be lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease, strengthening the muscles, increasing bone density, preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s, decreasing body fat, decreasing stress, improving sleep patterns…need I say more?

And if you don’t believe me, just pull out the research journals or experiment yourself.

The bottom line is that you will feel these benefits on stage.

As a singer/performer you’re gonna need energy to sustain you when you are moving around on stage, especially if you are in ornate costume or weight bearing clothing –which requires extra focus.

Being in physical shape helps train your body to stay alert and energized so you’re less anxious and more confident on stage.

Sharon Zarabi

Sharon Zarabi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (RD, CDN) and Certified Personal Fitness Trainer with the International Fitness Professional’s Association (IFPA) and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA.) She is a contributor to The Singer’s Guide to Complete Health (Oxford University Press) and her work can be viewed at