Use dance warm ups and stretches to get ready for your dance class or other forms of exercise. A good dance warm up should be a part of each dance session, whether at the studio or at home. Adequately warming up your muscles and taking a few minutes to stretch will help you to have a more enjoyable, injury-free dance class or other workout. Get into the habit of warming up your body by following these quick tips.
Choose a fun, lively song that makes you feel good. If you perceive it as something fun and you have great music to listen to, you will look forward to your warm up. Find a new song every couple of week and change your playlist around to change things up so that is doesn’t getting boring too quickly. This will keep things interesting.
Make to attend each major muscle group. Warming up can help improve flexibility. And better flexibility may improve your performance in physical activities or decrease your risk of injuries by helping your joints move through their full range of motion. For example, say your Achilles tendon is tight and lacks flexibility. Over time, this can increase your risk of tendinitis. Stretching your Achilles tendon during your warm ups may improve the range of motion in your ankle. The main point of warming up is to prepare the body for the work ahead, in order to avoid injury. Start at the top of your body and work your way down to your toes.
Make a conscious effort to pull up through the center of your body. Make sure you maintain a flat back as you stretch your legs in split and hurdle positions – rounding your back will only stretch your back muscles. If you have chronic poor posture, over time that position causes muscular tightness and weakness which can eventually lead to back and joint pain. Never neglect your posture during a warm up.
As you perform your stretching exercises, try to alternate between pointed and flexed feet. By pointing and flexing the toes, your lower legs and ankles won’t be neglected. A really good foot stretch will help keep your feet strong, flexible, pain free and safe from injuries. Foot injuries can be very painful and can keep you out of action for a long time.
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