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|Proponents of DanceSport are quick to endorse the physical prowess required at competition level. Doctors in Germany did tests in which they strapped heart-rate monitors to both the country's top amateur dancers and its 800-meter-dash champion. When the dancers danced and the runner ran, the researchers found that more physical exertion was demanded by a two-minute quickstep than by an 800-meter run. The only difference was the dancers wore tails and ball gowns (and high heels!) while the runner wore shorts. (Amateur Dancers #104, Nov/Dec 1996)|
Healthy Dance Notes
Cold Weather Exercise
The World's Best "Drug"
Drink Your Water
Genes vs Jeans
Skinny on Fats
Is Your Spine Healthy?
Sit Up Tall
Helping Sore Muscles Recover
Minimizing Sore Muscles
of these health articles are provided by Dr. Rick Allen.
Dr. Rick (as he is called in the dance community) is a chiropractor, massage therapist and dance student in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Rick welcomes your questions and suggestions for future articles. However, he cannot make specific diagnoses or treatment recommendations.
Dr Rick can be reached by phone: 503-257-1324.
Mail: 221 NE 78th Avenue,
Portland, OR 97213
or his web page: Dr. Rick
Dance is a great form of exercise while allowing you to be as energetic as you like. some estimate social levels of dancing to burn 100-400 calories/hr, while competitive dancers burn 600+ calories/hr. Two to three hours of continuous social dancing can give you an excellent low-impact aerobic workout. Dancing is also a fun substitute for boring exercise programs designed for recovering surgery & heart patients.
If you are to dance well , it requires good posture, which helps you breath better, walk better and look and feel younger!
Finally, dancing is one of the few activities men and women can enjoy together. It allows people to dress up for an evening out. It's a great way to meet people, make new friends and interact socially. Dancers are the nicest people!
Over 20 Great Benefits of Dancing
See "Good Dancing Posture" and "Exercise - The Best Drug" articles immediately below for even more dance benefits.
Tip By Rick
Choose your snacks wisely. Avoid processed foods loaded with sugar that can lead to adult onset diabetes and hydrogenated fats that clog your arteries, contributing to strokes and heart attacks. Instead, fill up with nutritious snacks - fruits and vegetables are best. They contain lots of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water to help you stay healthy.
Warning By Rick Allen, DC
Caution : While many herbs are easily available without a prescription and appear to be safe, I suggest you check with a knowledgeable local health care provider about the appropriate use in your specific case. Even natural herbs need to be used with appropriate caution.
Good Dancing Posture and BiomechanicsBy Rick Allen, DC
Here are three tips for applying the rules of good posture and biomechanics to achieve better dancing:
Exercise: The Best "Drug"By Rick Allen, DC
Exercise has many beneficial effects. As Covert Bailey says, "If the benefits of exercise could be put into a bottle, it would be the most widely-prescribed drug in the world." Guess that makes exercise the best "drug" in the world! Yet, when I counsel a patient to exercise, I often get an answer like, "Yeah, doc, I know all about exercise and diet, but what can I really do to help?"
Often it appears that things with which you are very familiar are automatically either ignored or discounted. Don't ignore or discount this miracle cure. Among the many benefits of exercise are:
Drink Lots of WaterBy Rick Allen, DC
Especially during the heat of summer, drinking plenty of water is imperative! Water makes up 60% of our bodies and 70% of our muscles. It carries nutrients to our tissues and waste products away. When we don't have enough water, our performance lags. Strength, power, and endurance all suffer. Evaporative cooling requires 2 to 3 liters of perspiration per hour during heavy exercise. Just remember how much you perspired dancing a fast Lindy in a hot dance hall! Loss of body water equaling just 1 to 3% of the body weight will have an adverse effect on athletic performance (read "dancing"). You may even get to the point of having weak knees and a foggy brain from heat exhaustion. Worse yet can be heat stroke, when the body's sweating shuts down in an attempt to conserve water and the body temperature rises quickly to a dangerous level.
Minimizing Sore MusclesBy Rick Allen, DC
Would you like to avoid that tired, achy feeling you may have experienced 24 to 48 hours after dancing vigorously? Technically, it is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS. Here are five simple suggestions that can help you instead feel great the day after any athletic activity, including dancing:
Helping Sore Muscles Recovery NaturallyBy Rick Allen, DC
Even with the preventative strategies, you are likely to develop sore muscles at some time. Because of heavy advertising, you may think the answer is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as Ibuprofen, Advil or Allieve. Think twice. There's now evidence that anti-inflammatories reduce discomfort because they are also analgesic (painkillers), but actually slow healing because they suppress beneficial prostaglandins, agents which help the body heal naturally. Worse yet, taken at typical dosages over a lifetime, the risk of kidney failure increases 7 to 8 fold.
Your Genes Versus Your JeansAre you destined to be fat?
By Rick Allen, DC
The media recently have played up the idea that some individuals are genetically predisposed to becoming overweight. That is, these people may be destined to be fat. Is it heredity or life-style that has made us the fattest folks on earth? Two recent studies aimed a spotlight on the answer.
The Skinny on FatsBy Rick Allen, DC
Are all fats bad? Should I eat fat-free everything? No! Our bodies require fats to stay healthy. They are an essential component of cell membranes, the building blocks for hormones, and a major component of the brain. I recommend that 15 to 20 percent of the calories in your diet be from fat. Unfortunately, most Americans currently eat two to three times this amount. Worse, they eat the wrong types of fat.
Top Five Excuses for Not
Exercising in Cold Weather
By Rick Allen, DC
Get Your Spine
By Rick Allen, DC
Take a Break and Sit Up TallBy Rick Allen, DC
Your mother, father, and dance teacher have all probably harped at you about "standing up straight."
Safety Now Pays Lifelong Dividends
By Rick Allen, DC
Improper Use of Backpacks Leads to Chronic Back Pain
Across the nation, millions of elementary, high school, college and adult students are racing out to the school bus or scurrying to their classes with over stuffed backpacks slung over their shoulders. While carrying a backpack to school each morning might seem harmless enough, it can cause some painful back and neck problems that can last a lifetime for students who don't pack or carry their backpacks properly.
Need To Laugh More!
By Rick Allen, DC (and various Internet sources)
" Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
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