Professional Dancers Are Active All Day Long!
We always have clients who say they “want the body of a dancer.” While we do not opt for unhealthy vanity or unhealthy methods of achieving body goals, we do advocate for healthy living. What creates this sought after dancer body is nothing more than that!
Keeping this in mind, let’s jump into the general lifestyle elements of a professional ballroom dancer, so that you can understand how their bodies stay so nice. Firstly, dancers are moving…all day long. Between teaching students and practicing for competitions with their pro-partners, dancers are doing the equivalent of running an additional three miles each day on top of their normal walking around town. This leads to the inevitable weight loss and active body fitness routine. On top of that, many dancers exercise outside of their dancing careers, usually doing either cardio or weight-lifting.
Once you begin living this kind of active lifestyle, you’ll notice that the food you eat actually becomes fuel that gets metabolized much faster. A normal person with an office job might not notice how the food they have for lunch converts into energy for their brain, however a professional dancer is very aware. We are burning our meals off rapidly because of the lifestyle, so we eat many small meals each day usually. Then it becomes important what we eat, because if we skip nutrition rich foods, then we don’t have the energy to dance our best.
Because of this, dancers tend to stick to whole grains, nuts (like walnuts and almonds,) protein rich foods like chicken and salmon, and vegetables. Less complex foods don’t have the same amount of nutrients, so they don’t get a dancer through the day.
Understandably, not everyone gets their physical activity from their job. A good way to get this into your daily routine is to go to the gym at the same time every day to every other day. Either early in the morning or late at night, for instance, you could go and do your cardio to stay lean and healthy. Then, eat healthy foods instead of fast or fat-heavy foods. When you eat better, you feel better. We promise!
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can use ballroom to help you gain a healthier lifestyle, try our introductory special and get moving!