7 Tips to Strengthen Your Creative and Physical Muscles

I can’t tell you how many of my artist friends who complain about how their legs and knees and necks are giving them problems. The pain of dragging a camera bag, strobes, modifiers and whatever else you need to complete a job adds wear and tear on our bodies. It’s one of those necessary evils to create work that will keep our clients loving us. Yet, we don’t love ourselves when we don’t take care of our bodies. We carry pounds of equipment weekly, and sometimes, daily. Our bodies can only take so much before it completely gives out. Physical activity, beyond lugging gear, can be beneficial to your physical, mental and creative sensibilities.

Our health is often overlooked when we’re constantly working, but what if we’re causing our own steady decline? Our families and clients need us and we have to look after our health just as we nurture our business.

Tip #1: Make annual visits to your doctor.
Life takes over, but you shouldn’t neglect to visit your primary doctor annually. This one appointment can provide some insight on why you may be experiencing a greater amount of aches and pains. Listen to your body. If it’s telling you something weird, then call your doctor to schedule an appointment ASAP.

Tip #2: Get an eye exam.
What’s the point of running a photography business if you can’t see? Our eyes keep us in business and our eyes deserve to be treated like jewels. Schedule a yearly eye appointment for your health and business sake. Gotta keep those photos sharp and (wait for it) in focus.

Tip #3: Schedule a massage twice a year.
Take a moment and relax those muscles! Seeing a masseuse has its advantages, such as reducing anxiety and boosting your immunity. Go ahead and schedule an appointment soon because you certainly deserve it.

Tip #4: Stand up from your desk and stretch.
After sitting at your desk for long periods, stand up and stretch your arms, fingers, and legs for at least five minutes. We typically sit at our desk and are fervent about completing a project, but we’re neglecting the importance of moving around every once in awhile.

Tip #5: Drink plenty of water when sitting for long periods of time.
Put down that soda right now! Keep a glass of water at your workstation at all times. When your muscles don’t receive a proper amount of water, they don’t work as they should. So, drink water while sitting in front your computer during your lunch and snack break.

Tip #6: Take a walk.
A little bit of fresh air always helps clear your mind and makes those endorphins happy. You’ll come back to your desk with a renewed sense of energy and possibly, the answer to your creative block.

Tip #7: Start a regular exercise routine.
Consider starting a regular exercise routine. As an avid runner, it helps me clear my mind, along with maintaining a consistent workout routine during the week. Find an activity that you enjoy and will stick with. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you participate consistently.

Do you have any suggestions on how to maintain your health as a photographer? Let me know in the comments.

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