Stay Hydrated This Summer!

I recently saw a video (posted below) that made me think about the importance of drinking water. The song is rather catchy–Two young girls and their mother sing, “Water, the naturally nurturing drink.” They could not be any more right. Aside from properly sleeping and eating, drinking water is one of the most crucial acts of life. The Healthy Communities Institute reports that nearly 75% of Americans experience chronic dehydration. Especially during these summer months when it gets excessively hot, water revitalizes your body.

Our bodies are about 60% – 65% water, and we lose about 1 quart of our water when we sweat while exercising and playing sports. It’s very important to drink water while being active. Many of us prefer a cold beverage, but warm or lukewarm water does the trick as well. While you may prefer the coolness, your body won’t know the difference!

 Tips to remember about staying hydrated:

  • About 2 – 3 hours before your activity (e.g., dance, running, playing basketball) drink a few glasses of water. This will make your muscles fluid and keep them moving freely. (Nobody likes cramps!)
  • While active, try to drink every 20 minutes. You’ll be constantly sweating and at the same time, constantly replenishing your body. Try to drink small amounts, because too much water will cause you to feel uncomfortable.
  • When you’re finished, continue to drink a few glasses of water. 

 If you follow these tips, you’ll be surprised at how much more effective you will be at your activities. You will have an easier time dancing or exercising and will even be able to stay active longer.

They say milk does a body good, but so does water!

 Jonathan T. Reid, MPH is a clinical researcher and the new Lead Health Educator and Health Blogger for Dance Daze. He has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree from New York University.

Toddler Yoga – A Success!

We are delighted to report that the re-launch of our Toddler Yoga Child & Caregiver class was a complete success! We had a small group of 4 students and parents, and the class instructor provided a wonderful blend of yoga poses, stretching, and fun sing-a-long movement time for the children. What I loved best about the class was the well-planned variety! Toddlers were able to try most of the movements on their own, but some required parent participation. Also, there were times when the children were able to be independent, while still maintaining a feeling of attachment to their parents. (e.g., the children crawling from one side of the room toward their parents on the other side of the room). And in case you’re wondering: If all the movements are done full-out, parents will get a nice workout in from this class too!

We hope to see you next Saturday at 10:00 am! We purchased brand new yoga mats for our next class, and we can’t wait for you to use them!

Call us at: (510) 523-2568 x2 or email info@dancedaze.org to enroll in this class!

The Importance of Stretching

Stretching before physical activity is beneficial for a variety of reasons. It helps increase range of motion, reduces muscle tension, and helps decrease the risk of activity-based injuries. Stretching after exercising is great because it can help decrease muscle soreness! Also, greater gains in flexibility are possible once your body is warm.

If you are working to increase your flexibility, static stretching is the safest recommended method. Stretches should ideally be held for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

We are big fans of stretching and properly warming up at Dance Daze! You can definitely expect to get your muscles warmed up and to increase your flexibility in any class you take with us!