Ice dance and dance in general often require the ideal “dancer’s body”. The measures that skaters and dancers take to get this “dancer’s body” can be extreme and dangerous at times. Since ice dancing is a sport, it’s more important than ever to protect your body to help ensure its longevity.
Ice dancing is becoming more technically difficult all the time. This really takes a toll on the body, increasing the risk for injuries. Therefore, fueling your body through healthy nutrition is one of the best things you can do to lengthen your career.
Here are my top 10 ways for you as a dancer to both fuel your body and maintain a “dancer’s body”:
1. Record what you eat. Keeping a food journal is a great way to track what you’re putting into your body as well as tracking your calories. Even if you’re sticking to a lower-calorie diet, if you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs, you will make less progress (and be at a greater risk for injury). It’s important to get nutrients from the healthy foods discussed in “Use Nutrition to Enhance Your Performance.”
2. View food as fuel. As an athlete, viewing food as fuel will help you perform better and to a higher intensity.
Note: If you like what I’m wearing in the photo, be sure to check out my post “Fitness Fun with Ellie Activewear at UTC”!