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Doctor insights on: Ballroom Dance

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How can I prevent injury when taking ballroom dance lessons?

How can I prevent injury when taking ballroom dance lessons?

Stretch and.........: The key to any sport is to stay in aerobic shape, always stretch before exercise, and stay well hydrated. If you feel pain, talk to the dance instructor about additional ways to prevent injury - don't be afraid to sit out a dance or two if you feel tired.

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How to stretch for modern dance?

How to stretch for modern dance?

Ask Dance Instructor: Warm up slowly. Seek the advise of the exercise class or dance instructor you are learning under. They can help you the best. Cool down and drink water.

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Is dance dance revolution good exercise?

Is dance dance revolution good exercise?

Can be: Especially on the more extreme levels. I just tell patients, that anything that gets you moving and your heart rate up is great. And it's even better if you love to do it, as that will help you do it consistently. That's one of the keys of exercise, you have to do it consistently!

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How typical are injuries from dance classes?

How typical are injuries from dance classes?

Very Typical: Being the father of two dancers, both of whom danced on college teams, I can tell you dance is a very demanding sport. With all the leaps, spins and footwork injuries are common. I have seen everything from broken toes, dislocated shoulders to broken legs. One of my daughters has had both knees operated on. Dancing is not for sissies!

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Is dance dance revolution a good way to exercise?

Is dance dance revolution a good way to exercise?

Fun: It's a fun way to exercise, however it that alone may not be sufficient to serve as you primary means of exercise.

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What was that saint's dance? Do people really have that?

What was that saint's dance? Do people really have that?

Beautiful: The dancing saints is a beautiful icon of christ & saints dancing at the saint gregory of nyssa episcopal church in san francisco. I suggest you google it to look at photographs. It is very inspirational.

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Why am I starting to lose my ability to dance?

Impossible: If this is not a joke, I apologize. You have provided zero symptoms. Or specific explanatory signs to define what you mean. There is nothing on which to comment in any medical way.

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Can taking waltz dance lessons help me lose weight?

Can taking waltz dance lessons help me lose weight?

Maybe, a Little: Using the largest muscles in the body & carrying our entire body weight is the best cardiovascular exercise. Additionally recurrent mild impact exercise is helpful for stimulating maintenance of bone strength. Keep in mind: 1 lb fat = 6-12 hrs intense workout. Exercise & building muscle mass can impact fat mass, but takes a lot of work, thus best make it fun so that you are more likely to continue.

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What to do if I have pain in my quads during dance?

What to do if I have pain in my quads during dance?

Pains in quads dance: Check with your team but need to know if you have just started dancing? So you may be using muscles you have not used a while. Does the pain stop when you stop. And then start again when you dance again? Can you dance thru the pain? Write down your answers and take to your team. Ask them to check the pulses in your feet. if you smoke stop now. Keep us posted.

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Will taking a modern dance class help me lose weight?

Will taking a modern dance class help me lose weight?

Yes: If you get at least a little bit short of breath and if it curbs your appetite, especially y making you feel better about yourself.

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What do you suggest if my piriformis hurts from dance?

What do you suggest if my piriformis hurts from dance?

Piriformis: Lots of stretching... although to have 'just' piriformis pain after dance is rare. It might just be pain from working out, depending on the dance, and your hip rotators all might be sore. Drink plenty of water and stretch all rotators and hip muscles just after warm-up, and also during cooling down if possible. Best of luck!

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Need to lose weight fast for formal dance. What should I do?

Need to lose weight fast for formal dance. What should I do?

Fasting: I many cultures fasting (not eating) is used for short periods of time. Water has no calories and you must stay well hydrated. This is not a good way to lose weight for anyone;a well balanced diet with extra fruits and veggies, low fat foods, less refined wheat (white bread), and most importantly:exercise.

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What are things I can do to lose weight in 3 weeks for dance?

What are things I can do to lose weight in 3 weeks for dance?

No magic fix: The only way to lose weight is to spend more energy than you consume. It is very difficult to lose more than 1-2 pounds/week in a healthy fashion. If you are losing more than that, you are likely losing muscle in addition to fat. This would cause you to have more difficulty dancing. Eat a balanced diet, minimize simple sugars, and continue to exercise.

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Could I still dance and be active when I have a minor form of bronchitis?

Could I still dance and be active when I have a minor form of bronchitis?

Probably...: As long as you do not have shortness of breath or a severe cough, you should still be able to be active and exercise. If you develop increased breathing difficulty while exercising, stop and see your doctor for evaluation and treatment.

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Never had a girlfriend. Dance is coming up. What if I want to kiss someone?

Never had a girlfriend. Dance is coming up. What if I want to kiss someone?

Really? 36?: A kiss does not make a relationship. There are lots of "kisses";think your mom vs a sweetheart. First date, follow the lead of the woman-they are so much better at this than we men are.

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Is dance dance revolution for ps2 a good game to count as part of a workout?

Is dance dance revolution for ps2 a good game to count as part of a workout?

Yes!: Absolutely! Anytime you are up and moving it is great. Dance dance revolution is a definite cardio workout. Extra bonus- it's fun!

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Went to dance lesson alone and had a great time. Afterward felt foolish. Should I go back if uncomfortable?

Went to dance lesson alone and had a great time. Afterward felt foolish. Should I go back if uncomfortable?

Absolutely.: Trust me, most people feel foolish while dancing, especially during a lesson when the whole point is to learn how to dance. If you enjoyed, it you should absolutely go back! Being uncomfortable will pass.

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My daughter dances about 8 hours a week on a competitive team. She's 13, how much weight (approximately) is she losing?

My daughter dances about 8 hours a week on a competitive team. She's 13, how much weight (approximately) is she losing?

The answer to this..: ...Will be found by placing her on a scale and seeing how much she weighs. If she's eating properly she might not be losing any weight at all.

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How long will it take me to get toned if I am already in shape and dance 17 hours a week? How often should I work out?

How long will it take me to get toned if I am already in shape and dance 17 hours a week? How often should I work out?

Sounds toned already: If one is exercising by dancing "17 hours a week" and is "already in shape", that sounds pretty toned already. If there are specific parts of the body that need better developed muscles, then one can just exercise those muscle groups some more (3-4 times a week more, on the desired muscles).

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How can I make my body flexible or able to perform certain moves like dance moves? It's like my body is weak unlike others my age.

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How can I make my body flexible or able to perform certain moves like dance moves? It's like my body is weak unlike others my age.

More exercise: While it's ok to compare yourself w/others, don't use that as your only guide to self-worth. Instead, check out standardized measures of fitness ie minimum military requirements. As for getting there, it's a matter of practice eg exercise. Granted, some are naturally gifted athletes while others need to work at it. You may be in latter group and have to exercise more. But don't give up studies