Tips And Tricks For A Healthy Dance Diet
March 18th, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
When it comes to dance or any athletic activity, a person’s health and well-being should be at the top of the priority list. After going through strenuous exercise, it is important that your body holds the nutrients necessary to keep your muscles strong and energy flowing through your veins. Here are some tips and tricks to keep a well-balanced and maintained dance diet to ensure your needs are being met without harming your body.
When it comes to the word “diet,” many people automatically pair the word with weight-loss. While maintaining a well-balanced diet can lead to shedding some pounds, that is not the main concern. A diet revolves around establishing and strengthening your body’s health to ensure your body’s needs are being met in a safe way. This is why it is important to recognize that a diet does not mean eating less. In fact, eating less can slow your metabolism and lower your energy levels, leading to an increase in body fat storage! To stay healthy, it is important to eat at least 3 meals a day and 2-3 healthy snacks as well. Instead of limiting your meals, try to replace some indulgences with healthier options including fruits and vegetables, nuts, lean meat, & fish! Your body will thank you as your energy levels rise and muscles grow!
Manage Your Fluids
Hydration is key to keeping your body in check in any athletic activity! Ensure that you are maintaining adequate hydration by fueling your body’s daily intake with milk, tea, water, and beverages with electrolytes. While you may want to drink plenty of fluids to ensure you are hydrated, it is best to stay away from soda as excessive intake of the sugary, carbonated beverages can deplete certain nutrients in your body and affect bone health! Keep those bones strong and stick to drinks like Pedialyte and water when embarking on the dance floor!
Strengthen with Vitamins
Sometimes it can be difficult to gain all of the nutrients necessary to fuel your body in a day. A regular daily multivitamin with minerals can satisfy the recommended dietary allowance. Research has also noted that dancers can benefit from calcium and iron supplements to strengthen muscles if one does not obtain enough foods rich in those minerals. That being said, it is important to be cautious with supplement consumption because if you take too much of an individual vitamin or mineral supplement, you may begin to alter your body’s regular metabolism! Moderation, and support from your parents and doctors, is key with this healthy technique!
Balance Your Meals
When it comes to supplements, energy bars, and protein drinks, many may be advertised as meal replacements. If you’re in a rush or on the go, these can be very convenient options, but it is important to limit your consumption and not get too attached to skipping meals in favor of these supplements. Many of these products are also high in sugars and calories, some even containing sugar alcohol that can create strong discomfort in your stomach that can ultimately distract you from reaching peak performance! While it is good to have a fair amount of protein and supplements can be beneficial in moderation, there are cheaper alternatives for on the go situations that will leave your body feeling happy and healthy. A peanut or almond butter sandwich on whole wheat bread can have the same healthy nutrients without the uncomfortable side-effects!
Casey Eggers is a writer for StarQuest. She loves coffee, music, and running long distance.