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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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Absolutely! Anytime you are up and moving it is great. Dance dance revolution is a definite cardio workout. Extra bonus- it's
fun! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
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 ...Read more
What is the optimum weight for a 5'3 female dancer. I dance every night and I am looking to go into dance professionally. Thank. You?
Many weight tables are obsolete, dating to late 1970's.
Based upon your age and profession, ideal weight would be approximately 112 pounds. ...Read more
What can I do for a child who gets headaches from spinning in dance class? Is there something she can do to avoid this from happening?
Learn to spot: Dancers keep from getting dizzy by learning to 'spot'. This is a technique where the eyes are focused forward for as long as possible during a spin, then rapidly turning the head to focus in the original spot. Ask her dance teacher to work on this with her, and consider having a visual acuity exam with an optometrist. ...Read more
I'm a dancer who dances up to 5 hours a day 4-5 days a week. What can I do to maintain a healthy lifestyle in spite of me over-exercising?
Your exercise is excellent, but dancers get horrible osteoporosis and other complications such as injuries if they also are obsessive about weight gain. Consult a nutritionist about how to avoid this common problem.
Learn about things like Alexander technique for preserving your body. And certainly don't smoke! Keep dancing! ...Read more
When I'm at party I feel I can't get in the mood as if I'm isolated from people who are dancing&even if I try I can't dance spontaneously? What to do?
From Tanren, abdomen: All physical activities share proper biomechanics at their base, and this includes breathing. In yoga, dance, and the martial arts, maintaining posture, pulling the sacrum/coccyx forward, bracing the abdominal musculature, and breathing in through the nose, holding deep abdominal breaths and exhaling through the nose is most common. Physical is important, chemical as well. Check out capnobreathing ...Read more
Depends on the dance: Chances are, you will not be successful in classical ballet, wherein the pointe position requires an intact foot structure. There are a number of folk dances, even some irish clogging dances, which might work for you with the right shoes. Slow dancing (with the right partner) should work just fine! ...Read more
2-3 years: Most dance studios have classes for toddlers, but expect them to be more exploration of movement than dance training. Most two and three year olds are wiggly and have short attention spans! It's also a common age for separation anxiety and you may not be able to pry them off your leg long enough for them to participate. ...Read more
Movin'Shakin'Groovin: All dance forms: whatever gets you up and moving is healthy and capital "f" fun! From gracious hula to zumba. Enjoy! ...Read more