By far, the singular question everyone asks the dancer is “How can I lose some weight?” So this series of questions and answers that I’m often asked will start here.
The human body is an amazing machine and you can’t possibly not believe in a Divine force if you understand the mechanics even a little bit. And scrambled into the human condition of body, mind, spirit marches the ego and its all-powerful wants and needs. All of us know that weight is simply calories in and calories out and that no weight loss occurs unless we expend more energy than we consume. So we are left with the simple challenge of changing our habits since, obviously, if you’re asking the question, your equation isn’t working for you.
I’m unable to tell you what you are willing change. Only you can do that. But any one of the following will work-FYI. In other words, do one of these consistently, or better, a combination of them, and you will lose weight!
- Will it be different eating habits?
- Will it be a different fitness routine?
- Will you give up driving and walk, bike, or run everywhere?
- Will you stop eating dairy products?
- Will you stop eating meat?
- Will you stop eating processed foods?
- Will you vow to not eat after 7:30pm every night?
- Will you give up alcohol?
Professional dancers are considered some of the world’s finest athletes. Physical endurance training six days a week all day year-round necessitates learning about the body, specifically your body. Everyone is wired differently but we know what we want and what we don’t want. Or do we? The discipline required to study an art form is unique in this culture but anyone can master their own mind but not without effort.
- First develop a plan (or follow someone elses)
- Find a buddy, a partner, a trainer, or a sergeant to hold you accountable
- Follow the plan
- Achieve results
So we see the process is simple to understand, uncomplicated to devise, BUT (there’s alway a but, and yes, you will always have a butt) discipline is the magic element. If I told you this bottle of 500 pills I’m giving you would drop the pounds, you’d take the pills consistently, wouldn’t you? That requires discipline. And hopefully you’re in the habit of brushing your teeth each night before bed. Habituated patterns come in both the ‘good’ and ‘bad’category. And we’re all capable when we engage the will, which, like any muscle, needs exercising.
- Do you have other areas of your life where you’re disciplined?
- Can you develop this discipline?
- How badly do you want this?
- Are you willing to devote some time, energy and resources to it?
Changing patterns is hard for everyone. We aren’t, culturally, prone to caring well for ourselves. Most of us alive now have lived well, in the moment, accustomed to instant gratification. But we can grow up, change ourselves, lead healthier, fuller lives.