Super easy way to condition your body for dance while at work!

When you don’t do much physical activity during work or study, and then start belly dancing, you are at a bigger risk of injury than someone who is more physical. Worse yet, Dr. James Levine did research showing that for every hour you sit down, your life expectancy decreases by two hours! (Mercola, J., 2017)

Ouch!

Now that seems like a bit of a high estimate to me but never-the-less, it is clear that excessive sitting is  doing no favours to your body and by extension, your dance. Another study indicated ‘Sitting time was responsible for 3.8% of all-cause mortality (about 433,000 deaths/year) among those 54 countries’. (Rezende, L et al., 2016).

The majority of people these days have desk jobs or jobs that require a significant amount of sitting and a whole lot of belly dancers keep day jobs as well as their dancing. The fact you are dancing is more than likely helping you avoid many of the more serious issues faced by office work but what if making a few simple changes in your office job could help out your dance too?

It is reported that anything more than sitting for 3 hours per day is detrimental, however, sitting cross-legged (lotus position), squatting and standing are said to contribute to better outcomes. Outcomes such as weight loss, younger bodies and stronger joints for example. All common aspirations among belly dancers.

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Even sitting on the ground is said to be better than sitting in a chair.

According to author Kelly Starrett, starting off by swapping 20 minutes sitting for standing at work, will help condition your muscles and reduce injury for activities you do outside of work. YAY! Easy done. After a week or 2 you can increase it. If you want to read more about his suggestions, he has written a whole book about it called “Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World.” Which sounds like it would be very valuable for anyone doing a lot of desk work. I also thought his YouTube channel MobilityWOD looked pretty good as he has divided his videos into sections like Shoulder Pain, Exercises, and Stretches and Ankle Pain, Exercise, and Stretches.

So according to Dr Mercola (2017), stand up and … be younger and fitter and stronger. I was so impressed by what I read that I am seriously thinking about getting a sit-stand desk or maybe just doing more reading and researching on my iPad. I love that this simple change doesn’t involve some complicated routine or time out of my schedule, I just stand up whenever I can complete a task that way. It makes sense!

What do you think? If you have a desk job, will you try to stand up a bit more?

 

 

References

Mercola, J. (2017). Sitting Too Much Ages You by 8 Years. Retrieved from http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2017/02/03/too-much-sitting-makes-you-age-faster.aspx

Rezende, L et al. (2016). All-Cause Mortality Attributable to Sitting Time. American Journal of Preventive Medicine , Volume 51 , Issue 2 , 253 – 263

(This is post is not to be taken as medical advice. It is intended for discussion purposes only)

Epic music for theatrical pieces. Samsara by Roya

I am a big Azam Ali fan! I discovered Vas, 18 years ago and fell in love with her voice. If you don’t know her work then this is someone to check out. I think I own most of her albums but she is pretty prolific and worth following so you don’t miss anything.

Stunning voice from a stunning woman. Azam Ali.

Stunning voice from a stunning woman. Azam Ali.

I know most of the music I let my readers know about is free, but this music is so epic that I had to blog about it and let you know that it is worth the money.

It is perfect for a really theatrical drama filled dance piece.  I had a conversation with a friend with the music playing in the background and it made everything we said seem epic and profound. You can listen to it through apple music or free through position music where you can buy the rights to use it publicly (prices vary depending on intended use).

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Please tell me if you liked it below and if you end up using it in anything please leave a message with the link below. I can’t wait to see what people create with it. 🙂

 

If you are in the US then it is $9.90 to purchase through iTunes. If you are in Australia then you will be used to usual gouging we get from iTunes and will be charged $16.80 for the album.

Grrrr! I am not directly linking to them in protest.

 

Outsourcing non-dance dance tasks using fiverr : a review

Have you ever had a show coming up and you really wanted to dance to a certain song but were not sure of how to edit the music to your liking? Maybe it was too long or maybe you wanted the ending to sound different to allow for a different stage transition.

Like most dancers I have learnt basic sound editing as a necessity but as I don’t do it frequently, I am nowhere near being a master and sometimes I wish I had done a better job of it.

The thing is, many of us are having to juggle many other tasks apart from just dancing. Some of us have other careers and or families to look after too and others just have so much dance related work that it is hard to keep up the creative stuff and handle the admin as well.

I had been meaning to try out fiverr for a while and I finally gave it a go.

It is not really only $5 for Australians or other nationalities as it is $5 US dollars which means you are likely to pay more. Each gig (fiver terminology for task) I paid for cost just over $7AUD.

 

I tried a funny promotional video first. I ordered it late one night and it was finished by the time I woke up!! The person I hired was ‘muzammilusman’.

There are many silly and simple options available if you are wanting to promote a show or class but probably more useful to dancers, whether they are professional or hobbyist are the music editing options.

I had a song shortened in the middle. It took one day to be done and came back to me with 2 options. One was a straight, well timed part removed and the other was the same with an extra beat added to make sound even better. I was impressed because I am not able to do the job as well as he did and it was fast. One less thing for me to organise before a performance. I would definitely consider using this ‘gig’ again if I was in a hurry or wanting something more complicated. The person I hired for this was ‘tashows’.fiverr-logo-new

Other options that could be useful include having  the background of photos removed and other video and photo editing. I am sure most people reading this have otherwise lovely pictures of themselves dancing that are marred by weird backgrounds or bits of video footage they haven’t gotten around to doing something with. If time is an issue then site like fiverr could be the solution!

So when I decided to review this I had no idea they had a referral program but I just logged in to check the names of the people I had hired and discovered that any one I refer (thats you!) can get a free gig if you click via this link (apparently I will only benefit if you buy 2 or more gigs but I am happy if you take advantage of the offer and just use the freebie). If you click the link and don’t get the free gig offer then please comment below and let me know so I can take the link down!

Have you outsourced any dance related tasks before? What company did you use? Please comment below.

 

 

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