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)

Want to show your teacher some Christmas love? Belly dance themed cards are sure to make them smile.

Early this year I had the honour of joining a great cast of dancers for Perth’s edition of Bellyqueens’, ‘Journey along the Silk Road’. Among the dancers was Australian belly dancer & card designer Marta. Marta (over at Marta Belly dance) has created a small line of boutique cards that are perfect to let your teacher and fellow students know you are thinking of them over the Christmas period. I don’t get any kick backs from this plug, I am simply supporting the community and lovely Marta’s efforts. 3 cards go for $15 AUD and considering how the Australian dollar is worth so much less than the English pounds or the US dollar – that makes it even cheaper if you are overseas! (Contact her for overseas postage rates).

 

 

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What is the best belly dance present you have ever received or given? Feel free to comment below.

Fingernails: From Stained to Clean! Nail polish Hack.

Anyone here ever get a last minute belly dance gig after you have been gardening or henna tattooing or painting?

I have!

I thought this was a great idea to quickly solve the issue of stained nails or slightly uneven lengths. This is a reblog from henna artist Maeve from Living Henna, an 11yr old entrepreneur that comes up with some very unique ideas. She also uses natural nail polish brands, Scotch and honeybee gardens so it totally fits into the healthy options I am promoting over here at Jade Belly dance.

What is your favourite ‘make my nails look great super fast’ tip? Please feel free to comment below.

“You know how everyone loves having beautiful long clean nails, but usually find it difficult to keep them that way especially when your doing henna tattoos, painting, gardening or even just sitting…”

Source: From Dirty to Clean!

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