From your everyday routine to your workout schedule, diets can play a huge role in your life. With many different diets out there today, such as the slimming diets, bulking up diets, and even the “see” food diet, where you see food and eat it, not every diet will be best for your body. It really depends on you, your daily routine, and your workout schedule. It is important to find the best diet for you, not what everyone else proclaims works for them.
If you are a dancer, you take part in a rigorous art form. This gets your blood pumping and is really a great work out, which means you need energy and a diet that will help keep you healthy. Calories are very important for dancers, as they need to meet the grueling energy demands of intense dance routines. Be sure to consult with your dietitian to determine the calories you will need per day, to meet your health requirements.
Here at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, we embrace the world of dance, but also maintain the right diet, so that we can fully perform to the best of our abilities. Therefore, we have put together a few necessary components to help you create the perfect diet for your dancing life, so be sure to continue reading for some great tips:
- Fat. Fat, the dreaded word that you may not even want to hear, but it is still a vital part to any diet, especially a dancer’s diet. Fat is actually helpful, and as a dancer, you need a good chunk of it in your diet. It insulates your nerves, absorbs fat-soluble vitamins, and serves as a fuel source for your muscles. While this does not mean that you should consume large amount of fat, you should still consume 20-30% fat during hectic routines. Do not write off fat in your diet, it’s actually helpful to your body if consumed correctly.
- Fluids. Surely you have heard, for many years, that you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. A vigorous routine, such as dancing, is going to make you sweat. About 250 ml of fluid every 15 minutes, to be exact! It is crucial that you keep up on your fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. Every break you get, gulp down a little water, and continue hydrating even after your class has ended. It is best to avoid carbonated drinks and fruit juices, so as not to ingest high amounts of sugar.
- Carbohydrates. We all hear so much negative information about carbs, and it is easy for us to try and avoid them at all cost. This should not be so for a dancer. Carbohydrates are a vital source of energy for your muscles, and is the primary fuel source for producing energy. If you do not consume enough carbs, you lack energy, and you will not be able to train and perform without that energy. Your carb intake must be a major portion of every meal, which translates to 55-60%. Complex carbohydrates are where it’s at, such as in whole wheat bagels, multi-grain bagels, whole wheat pasta and rice. It is also recommended that you avoid simple sugars, such as ice cream, or white bread. Do not short change yourself when it comes to carbs, they are important for your diet.
- Protein. As a dancer, your diet should be comprised of 12-15% protein, as it helps repair broken muscle fiber and tissue. Dancing is a physically demanding art form, or even workout routine, and protein is an auxiliary fuel that helps build enzymes required for your metabolism. There are many well-known sources of protein, such as chicken, low-fat cheese, milk powder, and turkey. If you follow a vegetarian diet, you can find your protein source in foods such as beans, rice, and tofu.
It is vital that you have a healthy diet, with the appropriate elements, from fat to protein, so that you can continue to perform your best and excel in dance. Here at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, we offer a variety of dance classes, perfect for you to embrace the dance lifestyle. If you are ready to embrace dancing in California, be sure to contact us today.