This chapter focuses on the links between physical exercise, personal well-being, and performance. Its aim is to introduce applications of physical activity to music and to explore how practitioners can integrate exercise into their lifestyle in ways that can optimize their skills. It considers how different aspects of physical activity — including frequency, intensity, duration, and type — impact on physiological and psychological responses to performance, focusing primarily on the well-documented health benefits of moderate intensity, aerobic-type exercise. However, because of the absence of literature directly applied to musicians, much of the initial evidence and rationale behind the music-specific benefits are drawn from other fields. Nevertheless, research findings from recent studies with musicians are presented in which the effects of both regular and single sessions of exercise (just before performance) have been examined.
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