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.

 

Free Belly Dance Magazine articles. A blast from the past with ‘The best of Habibi’.

I recently came across this fantastic belly dance resource. The best of habibi contains 260 articles from the Californian belly dance magazine “Habibi” that was published from 1992 to 2002. I have only had time to read 2 articles so far and found them of high quality and very informative.Habibi magazine

Best of all – it is totally free to read.

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Have you read Habibi magazine before? Do you know of any other great resources like this one? Please comment below.

 

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