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Summer Health Tips for Dancers

dancers stretching1) Don’t skip out on Breakfast- After hours of fasting overnight, your body desperately needs food fuel in the morning. Make sure you are eating a protein-based breakfast before heading out to class in the morning, and leaving at least 30 minutes to digest before you begin class. Suggestions: Whole wheat English muffin with natural peanut butter or a hard-boiled egg and fruit.
2) Stay Hydrated- If you are not drinking water or an electrolyte enriched beverage before and during class, your strength will suffer. Try electrolyte enriched water to avoid the excess sugars or artificial sweeteners in sports drinks.
3) Eat- The skinny, emaciated look is so 1970. Modern Dance calls for strong bodies these days. You will burn between 300 and 600 calories each hour you dance full-out. You need to make sure you are fueling your body throughout the day, not just in one big meal in the evening. Bring whole-grain and protein based snacks along with fresh fruits and veggies for quick bites between classes and rehearsals.
4) Soak and Stroke- A hot bath at the end of a long day of rehearsing is just what your body needs to relax and prepare for tomorrow. Enhance your bathwater with the miracle-worker: Epsom Salts. You can find them in any drug store. Look for ones with eucalyptus or menthol to help with sore muscles.
5) Take a day off- Sometimes you need a mental day of rest. On your days off, participate in functions or activities that do not involve dancing. You will feel a lot fresher when the work week begins again.
6) Take care of your feet- Dancing barefoot on an unfamiliar floor can lead to get blisters and tearing of the ball of the foot or toes. If that happens try soaking in some peroxide mixed with some warm water, this will help your blister dry out and turn into a callus. If possible, use tape as a preventative measure. We recommend Johnson and Johnson’s Elastikon tape because it has a stretchy quality and a texture that will not stick to the floor. It will also stay on your foot even when you get sweaty.

Posted on July 8th, 2013 by Molly Puryear.

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