6 Similarities Between Exercise and Playing An Instrument, by Steve Benedetto




Exercising and taking up an instrument are both actions that require a person to really engage the moment.  Here are 6 other similarities:


1. Progress is slow at first


When you first start exercising, you’re not going to be a pro at it, nor particularly enjoy it.  The same is true with playing an instrument. You start out slow and then with more practice, you develop the skills needed to take you further. In your workouts and your playing, it can take years before you get to the caliber of a high-end athlete or a master musician. As long as you commit to both, you’ll get there eventually; patience is key.


2. You can’t push yourself too hard in the beginning



When you start a new activity, it’s important that you learn to pace yourself so that you don’t get hurt or overdo it even though you might want to push yourself really hard in the beginning. You don’t want to burn yourself out, which is why you’ll need to embrace the long haul.   Even if you start playing for too many hours, you’ll eventually burn yourself out. Think of it as if you’re doing too many reps while at the gym even though you’ve just started weightlifting -you could end up getting hurt.  Remember to pace yourself in the beginning. With time, you’ll get to where you want to be.  It's a marathon, not a sprint.



3. Form is super important for progress



With both exercising and playing an instrument, form in s very important in order to progress. If you’re working out and don't have proper form, you won’t get the results you want and can even get injured. When you’re playing any instrument, you have to know how to properly use it so get it to sound as it should. Both have certain forms that must be followed or else the results won’t be there.


4. A trainer is helpful



When you’re first starting out with exercising or playing an instrument, a trainer is very helpful. Think of a music teacher like a personal trainer as both help you to reach your goals. A music teachers will help you get to know your instrument and show you how to play, while a personal trainer helps you reach your exercising goals. By following your trainer or teacher’s lead, they can guide you on the right path to meeting your fitness and music goals.


5. Commitment


For both, commitment is a major player since both are like a lifestyle. Fitness and health becomes your ultimate goal, while being a skilled musician is your end game when you play an instrument, so both need commitment to get there.


6. It’s important to warm up


When you’re exercising, you need to warm up before you get into strenuous exercises and the same is true when you play an instrument. Warm-ups and finger exercises will help you relax before you play during a big event and can help you play better later.

So whether you’re hitting the gym regularly or playing an instrument, both are a lot alike.




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