Like many dancers, New York City Ballet soloist Antonio Carmena is constantly looking for ways to help his body run more efficiently. After watching a documentary about juice cleansing this March, Carmena decided to try his own three-day version during the last week of the company’s season. “I wasn’t trying to lose weight,” he says. … More »
Flexibility can be just as important in setting goals as it is during grand battements. A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that we’re more likely to pursue goals when they include a range of ideal outcomes, rather than being ultra-specific.
Frozen yogurt shops have taken over the country in the last three years. Believed to be a healthier option than ice cream, fro-yo feels like a free pass to indulge in a sweet treat without the guilt. But when shops are stocked with numerous flavors and a bar of tasty toppings, the “light snack” can easily become a calorie bomb. Here’s how to navigate the fro-yo line without regretting it later.
This summer heat might leave you craving a cold snack after class to cool down. But did you know that reaching for an ice cream cone or a flavored slushie could actually make you feel hotter? Barry Swanson, a food scientist at Washington State University, recently spoke to Time about which foods can spike your body temperature, and which can help bring it down. His insights might surprise you.
Strategic snacking can help your body get through, and recover from, an intense dance class or rehearsal. But what foods should you be eating when?
Before class, you need to fuel for maximum energy. That’s best achieved by eating a snack with a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein anywhere from four hours to 30 minutes before class. The carbs will provide the energy you need to dance your best, while the bit of protein will keep your stomach from grumbling by the time you reach petit allégro.
With sun-up to sun-down summer intensive hours approaching, remember that there are some vitamins you can’t get from snacks and meals alone. Researchers have found that athletes who train indoors have low levels of vitamin D due to lack of sunlight. Vitamin D allows bones to absorb the calcium they need to stay strong and it helps to strengthen the immune system.
Many dancers arrive home and pull out their foam roller to ease those sore muscles after rehearsal. But could the need for a post-rehearsal rollout be avoided altogether? Studies show that if you want to help prevent injuries and ease muscle tension, rolling is most useful when done before dancing.
What you eat when you’re injured can change how quickly you get back in the studio. In The Injury Diet: Foods That Heal in Pointe‘s current issue, Royal Winnipeg Ballet apprentice Emily Docherty shared how her stress fractures didn’t get better until she looked at her nutrition. Now she pays close attention to her daily meals.
Having danced everywhere from Ballet Hispanico to the Metropolitan Opera to an Angelina Ballerina: The Musical tour, New York City–based freelancer Elizabeth Yilmaz has to keep her body ready for any challenges thrown her way. Favorite Workout: Kayaking on the Hudson. “It’s a great upper-body strengthener. I don’t even realize the workout I’m getting until … More »
While training at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, Emily Docherty was plagued by recurring stress fractures in her feet. “I tried everything—icing religiously, physical therapy, cross-training, special shoes,” she recalls. She didn’t fully heal until she took a look at what she was eating. “The value of good nutrition when recovering from … More »