Stretching on a regular basis can have several health benefits. Similarly, stretching before dancing can also make a big difference in your performance. Most dancers sometimes overlook the importance of stretching before and after the dance class because they just want to get into dancing right away.
However, as insignificant as it may seem, stretching can actually help us be more flexible and improve our overall performance. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of stretching before beginning a dance class.
Stretching Improves Posture
Our posture can be impaired due to tight muscles in the body. To be more specific, the chest muscles, back, and hips can cause us to have a poor posture if these muscles are tight or sore. This is because most of us spend most of our time sitting in front of a phone or a computer, which causes us to round our backs, creating very poor posture (hunched back, rounded shoulders, and a bent neck).
We can greatly improve this and prevent bad posture by stretching before our dance class so that these tight muscles loosen up and become more flexible.
Stretching Improves Range of Motion
Our joints naturally start to lose their range of motion as we age. However, you can slow down this process if you continue to stretch regularly, especially before a dance class. This is because if you start losing the range of motion in your joints, you will gradually find it more challenging to move around, which is incredibly crucial if you’re dancing. Even if your range of motion is limited in some parts of your body, you can still slightly improve it by stretching.
Stretching Decreases Body Pain
Sometimes your body starts to ache after a long dance and particularly gruelling classes. This typically happens if you don’t stretch beforehand. Plus, poor posture can also cause pain throughout the body (especially in the back). Having tight hamstrings, hip muscles, etc., can also elevate the pain and cause discomfort while dancing. Therefore, stretching your legs, arms, and torso will help to decrease pain and improve your overall posture.
Stretching Can Prevent Serious Injuries
If you are used to stretching before the dance class, the chances are that you won’t end up tearing a muscle while moving around. However, if you are not used to stretching, you will probably end up having strained and torn muscles if you stretch too far. This also increases the chances of injuries as you have less flexibility. Thus, stretching before your dance class will help to increase the blood flow in the muscles; hence, warming them up and decreasing any tightness there might be.
The importance of stretching every time before dancing should never be overlooked. It provides several benefits and can significantly reduce the chances of injury or pain.