All dancers know that they will be devoting a lot of time to their “dance sport” if they want to become professional and win competitions. We are all different and may achieve results in various ways but there is one thing that is a constant for all dancers, and that is stamina. We need it.
Stamina is physical and mental strength. In order to endure and have staying power as dancers it is important to recognize optimum performance requires a mind set or an array of living skills. Once you understand these concepts and incorporate them into your way of doing things, you may see a huge difference in how much more energy you have to
What we put IN to something is the way it comes OUT. Think of yourself as a car. If a car does not have oil in its system, the engine will blow up and your car will no longer run. You are similar to the car. If you load up on sugar products instead of protein, fruits and vegetables, you can bet that your system will run down at some point. Grabbing a protein bar is not an answer for good nutrition. Three good small meals a day will keep you balanced and feeling more satisfied in the long run. Great nutritious snacks for breaks are apples, bananas, raisins, nuts and dried fruit. A piece of organic, dark chocolate once in awhile is also a delightful treat and loaded with antioxidants too.
Don’t forget to hydrate yourself. Pure water is a wonderful way to keep us going (well oiled). Water keeps us moving and cleans our bodies from the inside. Water is superior to almost all sports drinks because it contains no sugars. For a fun taste treat you can put lemon slices in your water bottles. Cucumber slices are also refreshing in water.
Lastly, we do not want to forget about having good sleeping habits. You probably have lots of homework and are trying to fit your friends in your schedules too. It does require balance on your part. Just like the car that runs miles and miles without proper maintenance, it will one day sputter out. Sleep refreshes us and gives us essential healing needed for the next day’s rigorous schedule. Try to get at least 6 to 8 hours a night.
In order to create stamina we must move our bodies. Muscles, tendons, joints as well as every organ in your body require oxygen. This is where dancers excel! You are getting exercise in the most beautiful way! As dancers, you already love what you are doing. Nothing is better for the body than moving. You are ahead of the game. Having fun and keeping yourself physically fit is the by-product of stamina and you get the added pleasure of optimum peek performance too.