Avoid Muscle Stiffness During Winter
Not everyone has the privilege to live in a place where the weather stays warm all winter long, and it’s not uncommon that our muscles become especially stiff during those cold months. Dancing on cold muscles can get lead to injury, and we don’t want that, do we?
There are ways to keep this from happening, but since winter is a season that threatens your flexibility a bit, it’s also a good idea to pay attention to your body and not push the limits during this time of year. Don’t sweat it, though. You can counterbalance that by training harder in other aspects, such as technique and coordination.
Cozy Up Your Muscles This Winter
Treat Yourself to Some Warm Meals
Let’s start with the tasty part of things. Warm foods/drinks warm up your whole body, so look for healthy meal options that heat you up a bit. Reach for some oatmeal for breakfast, or treat yourself to some toast, coffee, or tea. Soup is a nice, hearty option for lunch, or maybe a hot sandwich. You get the idea. Just try to stay away from sugary warm foods as much as possible.
Dress Warm and Comfy
Sometimes, we bundle up so that we stay warm when we’re outside, but as soon as we walk inside a building, we can’t wait to peel off all those thick layers of clothing. Don’t sacrifice warmth, but be mindful that whatever you wear needs to be functional enough so you can dance comfortably. We suggest that you dress in several lighter layers that you can take off or put back on with ease.
Don’t Skip Your Warm-Up… Ever
Be responsible and make sure you warm up properly before you even attempt to do any kind of move. Also, if for whatever reason you warm up but the class gets stalled and you get cold, warm up again before starting.
These few tips will help your muscles stay warm during winter. Check out our class schedule, choose a class, try these tips, and let us know how it goes.