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Should you get a dog if you are a traveling musician? Why not? Dogs are great travel companions. Now having said that, there are some things that you need to keep in mind if you are planning to take your furry friend on a tour. The tips below will help you cope. These apply whether you are touring in a car, van, bus, or private plane.

Stick to a regular schedule, if possible

When you are on a tour, schedules can be erratic. There are many unexpected things that you need to take care of. But no matter how irregular your schedule is on the road, you need to try to put a semblance of regularity to it if you have a dog. This is because dogs thrive on routine. For example, try to have a regular schedule when it comes to necessary activities such as eating or taking your dog out for a walk. Keeping a regular schedule is good for you too and your bandmates. It can help you keep your sanity while on tour.

Make sure that your accommodations are dog-friendly

If you are on tour, then you will probably spend a lot of nights on a bus. But on-time that you need to spend more than one night in a certain city, then you need to book a hotel or Airbnb. Make sure that your accommodation is pet-friendly. Usually, this information is available on the hotel’s website or on the host information on Airbnb. If you are staying ina friend’s place, you need to inform your friend beforehand that you have your dog with you and ask if it is ok for a pet to come with you.

Make sure you have everything your pet’s needs

If you are anticipating being on the road for a long time, then you need to make sure that you have everything your dog needs with you. These include food, water, treats, pee pads, toys, leash, poop bags, etc. You also need to make sure that you have a heavy-duty crate with you, one that is really designed for traveling. It is tempting to buy a cheap crate to save money cheap crates are usually not durable. What will you do when the crate breaks while you are on the road? So try to invest a little on a good crate that will last.

Keep your dog safe

Safety should be your number one concern when you are touring with your dog. When you are on tour, it is impossible to always look after your dog. So whenever you are performing or on a rehearsal, make sure that someone is keeping an eye on your buddy. If you have traveling by car, do not leave your dog inside the car for a long time. And if you do need to go out for a bit, make sure that the air conditioning is on.

Touring with a dog can be quite a challenge but it can also be fun. Just follow the above tips to make it a good experience for you and your dog.

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It is mind-blowing to know that professional musicians spend approximately 1-8 hours every day in the studios, either writing or recording their music. Thus, makes it imperative for them to have an exercise plan that would keep them away from life-threatening conditions such as heart failure, hypertension as well as many others. A sedentary lifestyle has shown to lead to obesity, a state that predisposes you to many health conditions.

It is a common thing for the musicians, therefore, to forget their need for fitness and lose their focus on developing musical skills and music production. As a musician, you need both physical and vocal training and that they should go hand in hand. Daily artistic practice is essential as it brings about repetition and therefore enables you to remember.

Why do you need to exercise?

• The ability to move safely and maintain different posture both in ordinary life and on stage requires a high degree of fitness, which is achieved through exercise. It also goes a long way to promote steadiness.
• An active range of motion of joints and, thus, of all the body parts is achieved by frequent exercising. Exercise also enables your bones to build a capacity to be able to make the recommended motion.
• You would not help but note the importance of a healthy heart in music. Proper cardiovascular function promotes endurance, especially in live music presentation or the recording. A healthy heart t achieved through exercise is paramount for a musician.
• Exercise also helps one get a hold of continuous muscle growth both in strength and endurance in physical performance.
• The quickness and dexterity of movements, which is essential in the music field, also comes with hours of physical training. Steadiness in making these motions is as well enhanced by physical exercise.

Errors musicians frequently make:

• One or more musicians find themselves choosing exercises that negatively affect their music careers. A good example would be a musician wanting to cycle for several hours a week; this would, in one way or another, affect their ability to play musical instruments such as the saxophone.
• A musician must identify an exercise regime that is more holistic to one that only focuses on one area of the body. For example, it would be more practical to perform a little weight lifting, treadmill, and a couple of others other than just weight lifting.
• Many musicians pop into exercising before getting quality help or advice from a qualified medical practitioner. To avoid getting into more complex health problems, it is crucial to get a go-ahead from a medical practitioner.
• Consistency is also a missing factor in musicians due to their ever-tight schedules, either performing in another state or attending an evening corporate function. Exercise also requires that you don’t skip more than two days.

What are the best exercises for a musician?

  • Jogging
  • Stretching the wrist and finger joints
  • Flexing and extending the elbow
  • Riding a bike
  • Skipping on a rope, among many others.

How can you make more time for exercise?

You may consider jogging to the studio and back, a weight lifting session in the non-busy evenings. It is also advisable to keep well hydrated in between the exercise sessions. A proper diet also goes a long way in enhancing good body growth and response to exercise.

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