There is one week until Spring Break, and I’m sure none of us want to wait any longer than we have to.
So what’s on your “to do” list for this break? I’m betting it looks something like this…
- Sleep in for 7 years.
- Binge watch that show on Netflix that you’ve been putting off.
- Hanging out with your friends and staying up really really late, just because you can.
- Probably swimming, knowing Texas’ weather patterns will definitely permit it.
- Eat something delicious
- ABSOLUTELY NO PLIÈS OR TENDUS, OR ANYTHING IN FIFTH POSITION.
Looks like a pretty good list, right? While it seems like an awesome idea to rest our bodies for seven days and feed it delicious sugary goodness and avoid stretching it and strengthening it… because we are dancers, we have to be a little more strategic in how we spend our break time, or our off time. The following are a few tips on how to maximize your break time, having as much fun as you can while also making sure your body won’t hate you when you come back on Monday and stand at the barre…
- Stretch it out! In between Netflix episodes, or before you go to bed or before you start your day, do some stretches to warm up your body. Stretching helps reduce the risk of injury and increases our range of mobility. Your penché and arabesques will thank you later.
- Stay hydrated! It’s super hot outside right now, and drinking water is important all the time, not just when you are working out or in dance class. Keep drinking water throughout the day to keep your energy levels up and to fuel your body with the stuff it needs!
- Be active! Our muscles atrophy after a few days, meaning all the great strength building we’ve been doing at the barre could go to waste if we lose all the muscle we built. Get outside and run and play and swim to keep your muscles strong, so you can come back from break just as good, and even more well rested than when you left!
Stretching, hydrating and being active are important things to be mindful of regardless of if you’re on a break, but can become some of the most important things keeping you in shape when nothing else is.
Stay safe, have fun and come back with great stories and ready to work hard!
Much love and happy spring break wishes,
*Consult Emma in the office if you want any help making your own fun to do list for this spring break!