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5 Tips to Maintaining MDT Students' Health
Posted By: Kara Masterson on May 17, 2019

As a musical dance theater student, you wear many hats. Not only do you have core course work to study and prepare for, but you also must put your body through vigorous workouts designed to help you look your best on stage. All of this is in interest and pursuit of the performing arts, which is a competitive field. Through it all, it is important that you take care of your health and consider the long term impact of the discipline that you are preparing to enter. With that in mind, consider the following five tips designed to help you maintain your health as an MDT student.

Get a Vocal Checkup Before Shows



It is no secret that singing can put a great deal of strain on your vocal cords. While you never want to miss a performance, you have to think about your own long term health. This is your key to future success, so get a vocal checkup before shows and make sure that you are ready to go.

Retain the Services of a Foot Doctor



Dancing can also take a toll on your feet. You will be putting in long hours, and this can result in some pain from time to time. You will want to make sure that there are not any lasting injuries, so make sure that you retain the services of a podiatrist to keep you well protected and your career long.

Use a Humidifier



As an MDT student, you understand the importance of getting your voice limbered up and ready for the next performance. When the air is dry, this is difficult to do. This is why you will want to use a humidifier as much as possible in order to give yourself the best possible opportunity to keep that part of your body in optimal working condition.

Stay Away From Dairy



You might love milk and cheese, but your vocal cords do not. It is important to avoid these items anywhere close to a performance. They produce phlegm, which you know is not good. This is particularly to be avoided if you are being counted on to deliver high notes.

Take Breaks



There are times when you just need to take a break. Every once in a while it is healthy to spend a few days or a week doing nothing that has to do with music or dance. Engage in a new hobby and free your mind. You will come back fresh and ready to nail your upcoming performances.

These five tips are designed to help you preserve and maintain your health and fitness as a musical dance theater student. This is an exciting field to pursue, but it is also a demanding one. Be proactive in learning about ways to maintain your health now and you will be much better off for it in the long run.
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