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Pursuing a career in magic requires a healthy body and sound mind among many things. Performing magic is hard enough for healthy magicians. It could be an unpleasant chore for sickly performers.

Keeping fit is, therefore, a requisite of a successful magic career. It should be something that magicians aspiring to stay in the magic business over the long haul should work for to attain.

The fitness strategy to performing is not a magic formula that will work wonders without requiring work on your part. As a Filipino magician entertaining family audiences, I have been asked countless times, mostly in jocular fashion, for remedies of various ailments. My canned response is to encourage parents, especially those with apparent bulges in the wrong places, to start a physical fitness program. I believe that most parents don’t need drugs and any type of nostrums. All they need is regular exercise and healthy diet, which spell work.

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That is the reason that, while keeping trim provides a whole lot of advantages, the road to fitness looks decidedly uninviting, if not forbidding, to many performers. Exercise and healthy diet—detestable to many–are the rules of healthy living.

Take this sample health-fitness formula, for example: 30-minutes a day of brisk walking and no more than three yolks a week (as prescribed by medical associations all over the world). ­Though a light regimen by most standards, this is still hardly the kind of lifestyle a chain-smoker, fried-egg eater, late-night-prowler, plunked-on-the-sofa-TV-viewer father.

Not surprisingly, many Filipino magicians who see the logic of maintaining good health find staying fit an elusive dream. Many lack the iron will to carry on a health buff’s regimented life and calorie-counting dietary routine.

Still, only the most foolhardy and reckless will opt for an immoderate lifestyle. They understand that in the game of keeping healthy, the stakes are high. Every time we abuse our body, it’s not only money or performance quality of our shows that we put on the line but also our very lives.

The sooner we Filipino magicians realize this fact—-and do something about it—the better is our chance of living a full, physically comfortable life way beyond retirement age.

So if you want to attain longevity, you had better start flexing those muscles in regular exercise. Also, keep a leery eye on anything you put in your mouth. The basic, and still the most effective health regime, is the old admonition that doctors have been preaching for ages now: get plenty of sleep; exercise regularly; achieve a desirable body weight; lower cholesterol intake; abstain from tobacco­; limit yourself on alcohol; and stay clear of drugs.

If you think that leads to a terribly bor­ing lifestyle, here’s another health maintenance technique you may find interesting: laugh diet.
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For years, health experts have known the therapeutic effects of laugh­ter. It relieves stress, reduces blood pressure, and improves blood circulation. But only recently did diet ex­perts find out that it can also make one lose as much as a pound a day.

In an article in Fitness & Health magazine, diet counselor Sharon Jeffers says: “To start on the road to a trim body, schedule at least one hour a day of humor. Let yourself go as you watch a favorite sitcom and before you know it, you’ll find yourself in stitches… You’ll laugh your belly off in no time at all.”

So you see, one need not be dour when traveling down the road to fit­ness.

Though following a serious health program is no laughing matter, one can always inject humor and creativity to it, to make the undertaking less grim and more enjoy­able.
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With the an­guish and stiff cost of ill-health, laughing our way to fitness surely looks a lot more attractive and cost-efficient than sickness.

Stay magical,

Leodini

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