Routine and Physiology for the Performer
Updated: May 9
As performers, our bodies are commonly referred to as an instrument. The body is indeed the physical vessel that allows our creativity to manifest in the material world, however, our mind and spirit are also at play in this function. A surefire way to make certain our instrument is performing at optimal levels is by maintaining a routine that positively correlates to our daily energy usage, both emotionally and physically.
A performer routine should include at least one hour of exercise a day, sunlight exposure as the first light source to start the day, getting enough sleep (8 hours a night), and of course nutrients. There are different avenues to fulfilling these structural guidelines. The best advice I can give for establishing the aforementioned routine is to set small goals to start, every small success will release a happy chemical response in your brain encouraging you over some time to apply these habits. Another thing to note is that it takes doing an activity two hundred times or more to develop a new neural pathway–establish a new habit that is difficult to break. Beware of activities that trigger an immediate happy chemical response, as this can have adverse effects on the body's dopaminergic regulatory response (happy chemical response). There is a positive correlation between earning a dopamine response in the brain and a healthy nervous system–mood.
Isaiah Romero-Cordova is a professional model, working actor–musician, and contestant finalist for Broadway Bound Live Season 2. He can be located on IMBd-isaiahromerocordova, instagram @the_isaiahromerocordova_, and TikTok @the_isaiaromerocordova.
18th April 2023
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