January marks a fresh beginning for so many of us. The new year prompts everyone to get moving on their goals, but it can be difficult to keep the resolutions we make on January 1. In fact, research shows that as many as 50% of adults make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10% keep them for more than a few months. This is usually because we make extreme resolutions that are demanding and even punishing. The key is to set realistic and achievable goals that are both fun and purposeful. Read on for a few small and simple tips you can use to give yourself the best chance of making your dance resolutions stick this year.
Let your body rest. It’s important to work hard toward your goals, but it’s also important to let yourself relax once in a while. If you resolve to practice or exercise more, you might be using muscles that aren’t used to the extra strain. If you feel burned-out, you’re much more likely to abandon your objective. Your body and mind will let you know when it’s time for a break, so listen! Try soaking in a warm bath, listening to calming music, and decreasing muscle soreness with our massage ball or foot roller.
Forgive yourself. Most of the time, we’re our own worst critic. Be gentle with yourself, especially if you’re learning a brand new technique or footwork for a choreographed piece. Remember that failure is only temporary, and it’s a stepping stone toward your next success. Take a breather, focus on the positive, and move forward with new determination.
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Break your resolution into smaller parts. If your resolution is to become a better dancer, you should find out exactly what you need to change to make it happen. For example, you might focus on one key element that will help you achieve your goal: more practice. Be realistic and don’t push yourself too hard, though. You should be excited and motivated by your goals!
To help you make and stick with your resolutions, Jeravae recommends using a tier system. For example, if you normally compete in two competitions a year, resolve to add one more this year. If you're currently taking two lessons a week, resolve to add one more a week. If your goal is to focus on nutrition, drinking a certain amount of water during your lesson could be on the lowest, most basic tier. You could then build upwards from there! For more ideas, see our blog: Nutrition Tips for Ballroom Dancers.
Try cross-training. Engaging in two or more types of exercise can improve overall fitness and performance in your main sport. Popular regimes for dancers include pilates, yoga, and swimming. Our soft, stretchy, and breathable leggings and tops are perfect for all kinds of physical activities, running errands, or just lounging around the house. If you’re looking for more specific ways to build your strength and endurance, check out our blog post: 6 Exercises to Make You a Better Dancer.
Share your resolutions with others. Making a public announcement about your resolution can help you hold yourself accountable and follow through on your commitment. You could tell your friends and family about your goal or sign up for a new dance class at a local studio.
Taking time to relax, forgiving yourself, cross-training, breaking your goals into smaller parts, and sharing your resolutions with others can help you keep and achieve your New Year’s resolutions this year.
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