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Understanding The Body
If you want to have the right fuel for your body so you have the right energy, and can recover from physical exertion more quickly, you would do well to ascertain the best strategies in this regard from athletes who regularly work toward the same ends. It is to a dancer, a sportsman, or a laborer’s advantage that their bodies should be comprehensively maintained.
This is going to involve a few steps, some of which you may not like. For one thing, you’re going to have to change your eating habits. Vitamins and minerals are absolutely integral to the body. Over-processed foods, foods that are deep-fat-fried, foods that are almost entirely chemical because they are synthetically derived—these things should be avoided.
Granted, if you’re physically active enough, practically any diet will do. Should you be burning 4,000 calories a day through two hours of concerted work every morning, eat whatever you want! But that’s a lot of work. 760 calories are burned in a 5’11” male walking between 3.5 and 4.5 miles an hour up a 30-degree gradient for 35 minutes.
To burn 4,000 calories at this rate would require 3.15 hours of continuous effort. At such a rate, if you don’t eat anything and everything in your path once you’ve finished your exercise, you’ll be short-changing your body! Getting there isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible. Dancers regularly burn calories at rates like this, and even higher.
If you’re rehearsing for a dance recital, you’re likely running around for about eight hours a day, forty hours a week. This is, of course, at the professional level. Such physical exertion is astonishing. It’s not without the realm of possibility for a dancer to burn 8,000+ calories per rehearsal.
Obviously, these aesthetic athletes have some pretty top-tier energy conservation methods. One strategy is called “carbo-loading”, where carbohydrates are ingested to help expand necessary energy—but this will make you sluggish and obese if you don’t have some steady exercise regimen in place.
You’re definitely going to want to eat right and exercise regularly, but not all health trends you’ve heard are accurate. Actually, non-saturated fats are good for you, will help you lose weight, and can act as energy deposits for the body. Vitamin B is likewise instrumental in this regard. But something many dancers do, which may seem counterintuitive, involves a sleep schedule alteration.
Now, nootropics can help improve sleep-health, but ideally you want to do what will be suggested by pure power of will. Try to reduce how much you sleep. They’ve been telling you that eight hours are necessary. This isn’t strictly true. Once you reach adulthood, getting six hours a night for years on end is sustainable, with proper diet and exercise.
There are approximately 90 minutes in a sleep cycle. Six hours is four full cycles. Everyone differs slightly, but this is the average. Budget for yourself seven hours; a half hour to wind down, and a half hour to wake up/use the restroom in the night. Leave the other 15 hours of the day for work and exercise.
Also, use the tools for the job. You’ll have more energy to expend toward health-expansion. In terms of exercise, the tools for the job are going to be the wardrobe worn, more than anything else. For example, in terms of dancing wardrobe, you’ll want leotards and shoes when appropriate, and the right shorts depending on the choreography.
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When you’ve got the right tools for the job, you exercise and eat right, and you don’t sleep either too much or too little, you’re apt to see increases in energy, stamina, and health going forward. It may take time to get into your new schedule, but give it the right amount of time, and see your body better use provided fuel for increased energy.