How Stress Can Slow Your Muscle Recovery

Back in September, we mentioned a study that found that being stressed can actually slow down your metabolism. Now, a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found another reason why it pays to relax. According to the research, if you're under stress, your muscle recovery can be delayed a whopping 96 hours after a workout. That means it could take you four days to fight off soreness after a grueling class. What busy dancer has time for that?

 

Our advice? Try techniques that have the double effects of aiding muscle repair and helping you let go of the day's stresses. Treat yourself to a hot bubble bath. Your body—and your mind—will thank you.

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Inside one of Interlochen's brand-new dance studios. Courtesy Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen’s New Breathtaking Dance Center Is Ready for Class

After months of practicing in a cramped space at home, young dancers have dreamed of training in a spacious, airy studio. And when the facilities are as resplendent as the brand-new dance center at Michigan's Interlochen Center for the Arts, everyday technique class is to be savored.

The recently renovated and vastly expanded 26,000-square-foot Dance Center at Interlochen is now a world-class facility on par with those of premier conservatories and professional companies. Joseph Morrissey, Interlochen's director of dance, says a lot of careful thought went into the architecture: "This could not just be a building that dance is going to go into. This is a building that is made for dance." To build the best facilities for his students, Morrissey sought out Flansburgh Architects, the group behind the beautiful Perles Family Studio at Jacob's Pillow.

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July 2021