Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thera-bands for Dancers, Part 2: Preparing to Exercise

Exercise bands, Thera-bands or similar resistance training are often suggested for dancers to increase the strength with at-home practice.  What exercises should dancers do and what can be done safely at home, without a teacher to observe incorrect habits being formed?

We will be exploring these questions and more during our series:  Thera-bands for Dancers

Today's post contains some exercise tips to keep in mind during all of your resistance band exercises:
  • Warm up the muscles you plan to exercise and stretch after you've exercised.
  • Maintain good posture, such as keeping your wrists in line with your elbows.  If you start to lose your posture, stop, reposition and start again.
  • Remember to keep breathing during the exercise.  Exhaling during the difficult phase and inhale during the easiest.
  • Use slow, controlled movements
  • Maintain the natural width of the band, to keep it from sliding or digging into your body.
Reminder:  While TheraBands are endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and are versatile, portable and easy-to-use, you should consult with your doctor or health care provider before beginning a resistance program or any exercise program. While using the band, stay attuned to your body.  If any exercise hurts... stop!  Don't over-do.

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