You’re 14. I didn’t hit puberty until I was about 15. You’ll be fine.
And that’s the way stomachs work. You have internal organs, so your belly is always going to so out a bit where it’s covering them. And your belly looks more “toned” in the morning because you haven’t eaten. When you eat, the food goes through your digestive track, which means your belly has to expand a bit to make room for the food. It’s normal and necessary.Comments
I’m really not sure about the IT band thing. The most I’ve had to deal with it was when it got really tight and I had to do extra stretching to help with the discomfort. I’d suggest talking to a physical therapist (especially one that works with dancers or a local ballet company) about the best ways to work with it.
And I am awful for splits tips, as I don’t have them. But in a couple days, fingers crossed, I’ll be uploading a stretching tips video with my friend Lauren, a contortionist. She hates splits, but she’ll certainly have tips.Comments
:D That’s totally alright. But yeah, I’ve taken a lot of different dance/movement/fitness classes, so I have a lot of different supplies.Comments
Not in ballet class, no. They’d never be allowed. Though I’ve never even worn my jazz sneakers in a jazz class. I did modern, jazz, and African barefoot. But these jazz sneakers feel so good on my feet.Comments
If you attempt to ignore pain? Then if you continue, you’ll certainly change. You can be the one with a pulled hamstring. The one with a knee injury. The one who had to be rushed to the hospital after a heart attack. The one with a hernia and tendinitis and a permanently limited range of motion.
If you’re in pain, then it’s often best to stop and evaluate exactly what’s going on. If it is simply soreness and light discomfort, you can often fix the issue by slowing down, taking a short break or decreasing the intensity of your exercise. But if it’s pain, straight up pain, then you’ve got to stop until you know how to end it.
Pain occurs when you are pushing your body too far, when you’re already injured, or when you’re exercising with the wrong form. No good will ever come from trying to work through that. Even if you survive for a while without injury, exercising through pain is going to damage your body in the long run.
^Yup. My yoga teacher used to say that discomfort is your body being pushed outside its comfort zone in certain poses, but pain means that something is wrong. She always encouraged us to push ourselves, but if you were in pain, she helped you fix what was wrong or found you a modification.
Here are some of the finished photos from my photo shoot with Lauren, my friend who does contortion. I’m hoping to shoot a stretching video with her this week, depending on our schedules. Do you have any questions for her?
We’ll hopefully be making this video tomorrow. Any more questions for Lauren?
fitgirlfriend is pretty much scum. Don’t reblog from them.
Not really, it just means you’re naturally flexible and dancers and gymnasts are jealous of you. :PComments blog comments powered by Disqus