Originally Posted by SteC
This is interesting. It almost sounds like you're saying playing bass is bad for you to begin with, which is a scary thought. I like the idea of working out songs in your head first, I'm going to give it a try.
What exactly do you mean about fuel, are you just talking about having a good diet?
I am saying that playing bass will injure you, but will injure you in ways that you are prepared to accept and justify as sportsmen and women do...and those that play for fun. Football, golf, tennis, mountain biking, running, etc etc, like playing bass can develop problems specific to the task. We do not consider these things bad for us, they are just risks we run, but we can reduce there impact on developing injuries, and we can help maximise performance at the same time.
Muscles are fibres, two different types of fibres that have very different functions in the body. So of we look at muscles as say rubber bands, we can get an idea of what is going on. The cells within the body are constantly being replace as old, injured, or diseased one become apparent. So within muscle fibres the same is happening all the time. This process keeps the body fit and healthy, working at maximum efficiency.
So if you constantly use a rubber band, it becomes worn, if becomes weak, and eventually snaps. It can also snap of over stretched ( over use ) or used for the wrong purpose ( mis-use ).
But if the job you use it for is to hold lots of papers together, you only notice it is damaged, weak, or broken, when it fails, only when all the papers get scattered, do you change the elastic band....because you have to. If you had noticed the elastic band was not performing as it should, and changed it, then its chances of song would be less and you would not be gathering up and rearranging the papers....a job that was already done.
The elastic band was supposed to hold the papers in order you had already set, you had already spend time and effort in doing it, but here you are again....doing the same job.
In the body muscles can be seen in the same way, by looking after them we can lessen the chance of damage. But as we get older that function of cell renewal slows down and does so without any outside influence.
So we notice things like skin not as tight, hair not as thick, eyesight not as sharp, hearing not as good, joints stiffer, muscles not as strong etc.
So for long time players they ( myself included ) have to distinguish what is natural wear and tear and what has been caused by an outside influence.
Any one that has ever injured a knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow etc, when younger pretty much shook it off after treatment and rest.
But in later life they will feel it, that injury area will re-appear out of no-where and start to play up.
All this is down to the fact that the body is reproducing cells that protect that injury, it replaces injured cells as fast as the old ones die, so we do not notice any difference. But when that process slows down and they do not get replaced as fast.....we feel the effects.
As I said playing bass is not bad for you, but it will injure you.....you just may not realise it.
Yes having good diet before and after playing is essential to good muscle use.
Certain foods will make muscle use easier by promoting a good slow consistent energy to them.
I can play bass for hours and hours and not loss breathe, not even a raised heartbeat or a drop of sweat from the task if I am practicing....so how does my body fuel this?
Normally with a physical task my respiration rate rises and I take in more oxygen, my heart beats faster, so moving that oxygen around the body to the areas that need it to fuel the muscles.
Also the blood stream removes waste products to allow maximum performance, but when I play the only part that is comparable is muscle use and maximum performance.....none of the rest of it happens. The blood stream is like a super highway within the body to not only carry oxygen but cells, proteins, chemicals etc that work with the nervous system to send signal to produce motion.
Damage to the nervous system can reduce, inhibit, or stop any function of motion.
The above is Aerobic muscle use with oxygen as the main fuel source, with Anaerobic muscle use it is the food source that is the energy.
See It as your body needs constant anaerobic fuel to maintain everyday tasks and uses Aerobic fuel when the task becomes overtly physical.
You stand up all day, that requires muscle tension to hold you up, all the muscles in your body are in constant use to keep you balanced, give you motions, and hold your posture.....but you never get out of breath.
So the energy comes from food, your diet can have an effect on how fast you tire or loss concentration.
That's why certain foods and drinks can "boost" performance, they help sustain performance.
Our body only has a certain amount of blood, so if you eat heavy foods that are slow in the digestion then the stomach has to deal with that, so the stomach gets more of you blood to deal with the task.
That blood has to be taken from somewhere else..it is not extra blood the body produces it is just blood re-directed away from other areas that do not need it as much. That's why after a heavy meal if you run or swim you get a stitch in your side, its just your body stopping or slowing you down because the muscles cannot cope with that activity and digest food at the same time. So to prevent injury or damage the stitch either stops or really reduces the physical use till it can get more blood to those muscles to service the use.
So what foods should be eaten before, during and after playing are on this list.
Food and drink for energy should be taken lightly before, during and after playing. About an hour before and an hour afterwards. It depends on the persons metabolism as to how fast or slow the body uses the food. So experiment with it and see what brings the best results for you.
Potassium must be rightly included in your daily diet to reduce the risk of heart attacks and blood pressure problems.
Potassium is a good source of cramp prevention and relief.
Sufficient potassium can be consumed by including the potassium rich foods in our daily diet.
Potassium rich foods are listed below and are categorized according to the fruits, vegetables, dairy products and other potassium rich foods.
Proper amount of potassium must be included in food.
There are two main problems associated with Potassium levels that can develop, hyperkalemia or hypokalemia.
Hyperkalemia is excessive storage of potassium and hypokalemia is deficiency of potassium.
A balanced diet should be enough to sustain a healthy Potassium level as well as other levels of vitamins within the body.
Fresh or boiled beet
Dried peas and beans
Tomatoes and tomato products
Orange and orange juice
Prunes and prune juice
MEAT AND FISH;
Nuts and seeds
Apple cider vinegar
Cinnamon raisin bagel
Onion, poppy and sesame seed bagel