Why are proteins so important? What should I eat as a pre-class snack? How can I become more flexible? These are just a few questions I will answer as you read on. Being a healthy dancer who makes good decisions is the key to becoming a successful dancer. The state of health you are in will affect your overall performance, so taking care of yourself is vital for a good outcome. Sometimes dancers push themselves too far trying to meet their goals faster, but if you are patient and work hard, the results will be stunning.
Fifty to sixty-five percent of a dancer’s diet should be made up of carbohydrates. You can find carbs in foods like pasta, breads, and potatoes. Twelve to fifteen percent of your diet should be proteins, which help build and repair muscles. The remaining 20% to 30% should be made up of fats. Many dancers stay away from fat, but a low intake of fat can affect your performance.
Without enough carbohydrates, a dancer will likely feel fatigued during class. To attain your highest potential, your diet needs to contain food with complex carbohydrates. They have many micronutrients, while simple carbohydrates have either no or very little nutrients. The proper amount of carbs to eat in a day is 6- 10 grams times your weight in kilograms.
During heavy training, carbs should make up 65% of your diet. This is required because carbs produce a major amount of energy in your body. They are broken down into simple sugars that are stored as glycogen in your muscles. If a dancer does not ingest enough carbohydrates, his or her capability to dance successfully will decline.
It is wise to eat a small carbohydrate snack one to two hours before class. This will inc...
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The typical idea of a dancer is that they are tall, slender, full of energy, and lucky because they dance with all of the “stars”. Much of this is true, however, what many people do not think of are the many hardships that a dancer goes through in order to achieve their high status in the dance world. It takes much hard work and determination along with good direction to become a dancer. However, nothing good comes without a price. Dancers often times have many pressures put on them which can lead to physical and emotional damages. These damages occur through the pressures from the media, parents, teammates, and the stereotype that society has placed on dancers.
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