How to Maintain Your Pole Body
Author: Liz M.
Pole Dance Fitness is starting to grow worldwide. New facilities are opening up all the time, and we now have the luxury of using online pole studios and forums to interact with other pole dancers & instructors as well. There are competitions, showcases, and studio recitals every weekend (somewhere around the globe = held in cities around the world). Pole Dance Fitness is an amazing workout and tons of fun, so much, that students often become addicted to it! It is important to help the body recover after intense workouts of any kind. Here are some important tips to keeping your body happy and healthy!
1. Stay Hydrated- We all sweat in class. It is important to replenish what you have lost. Dehydration can land you in the hospital, so drink up! Staying hydrated reduces fatigue, muscle cramping, and keeps your joints lubricated, which improves flexibility.
*Invest in a water filter to eliminate drinking fluoride and other chemicals that may be in your water supply. Brita filters work great and are very affordable.
2. Avoid GMO foods- GMO (genetically modified organisms) are animals and plants created by biotech companies through gene splicing. These foods are modified to grow much faster and larger, and are loaded with toxins which can cause serious health issues. A general rule of thumb, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. GMO products are usually labeled as “diet,” “fat free,” “low-fat,” “no sugar,” “no carbs,” and “ALL NATURAL.” Please don’t be fooled by that term. There is nothing “natural” about GMO foods. One major problem with GMO foods is that they can cause food allergies, which in turn leads to horrible inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s way of trying to fight off “invaders”, a.k.a., toxins. Inflammation can often be very painful, which is not what you want during pole class! It also makes increasing flexibility difficult. The easiest way to avoid these foods is by eating organic. Organic foods contain vitamins and minerals that aid your body in recovery. They don’t contain chemicals/toxins that work against your body. You can look for the USDA ORGANIC seal, as well as NON-GMO Verified seal on packaging at the grocery store, and shop at local farmers markets.
*GMO foods are typically a problem in the USA. They are banned in 50 countries around the world. Visit http://www.nongmoproject.org/ to learn more about GMOs.
3. Rest – This is a tough one! We all love our pole workouts, and cant imagine skipping a day….but, it MUST be done. In order for your muscles to repair and get stronger, they need adequate resting time. Try to get at least 1-2 rest days during the week, and think about rotating your pole workouts. Work on pole tricks one day, and dancing and/or floorwork the next. On your rest days, watch youtube videos for some inspiration. Your body will be upset with you if you force tricks on it every single day, so be good to it.