It can sometimes be a comical sight to see football players doing a toe twirl in a dance class, but don’t laugh too hard because there’s a method to their madness. They’re on a mission to become bigger, stronger and leaner in order to do their jobs better.
It can also cause giggles to see baseball players in a downward dog Yoga pose when you’re used to seeing them standing straight up, more posed to take a crack at the ball. Why are they doing this? They may be trying to make their bodies leaner so they can move more swiftly from one base to the other towards making those home run hits!
With whatever stand, pose or twirl, it is a fact that dancing can help athletes perform their sports better and be better at it than if they didn’t try any dance moves at all. Why is that? Because dance moves and certain dance poses help to create physical balance and stability, which are two primary ingredients necessary for athletes to be able to perform their best.
In addition to football and baseball players, even the soccer, hockey and basketball sports are starting to attract the interest of athletes who want to improve their performances on the fields and the courts where they play.
Certain dance moves are more taxing on a person’s body than other kinds of moves, which in effect creates a stronger, leaner physique that is able to accommodate more pressure. For instance, twirls and turns in ballet dancing can help football players learn to be light on their feet and can help them advance down the field quicker and faster than they did before. They learn to rely and control other muscles in the body that will help them run faster, lighter and get to the goal line hopefully faster than their opponents.