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Caffeine can improve your dancing—if you use it correctly.
Most of us assume we should feel guilty about our caffeine habit. But the stimulant is actually loaded with benefits. Professional athletes regularly harness caffeine’s power to improve their performance—and dancers can, too. Imagine it: You’re on stage in the same body, with the same talent, but your concentration is sharper, you have more endurance and vivacity, your feet don’t even hurt quite as much. All it takes is a little caffeine but administered in the Superfast Energy Gum™ way!
Caffeine works by blocking adenosine, which slows down nerve activity so you rest—it’s the body’s natural chill pill. When adenosine can’t do its job, your muscles and brain stop receiving the usual messages to mellow out, and voilà, you’re ready to tackle 32 fouetté turns.
Caffeine’s benefits extend beyond the wake-up call. Because it slightly increases heart and breathing rates, caffeine prepares your body for peak athletic performance. Research has shown that it improves endurance by sparing glycogen, your muscles’ primary fuel source. One study found it reduces the loss of glycogen by as much as 50 percent in the first 15 minutes of exercise, which means your body can go longer before running out of gas.
Caffeine also makes exercise feel easier because it blocks some nerve endings from sending pain signals to the brain. The typical discomfort of holding a développé will diminish, a sore ankle will feel less tender, according to Roberta Anding, a sports dietitian who works with Houston Ballet.
In addition, caffeine activates the parts of the brain that control short-term memory, attention and concentration. This means it can help you pick up and remember choreography better. You’ll also feel more alert, better able to focus during a performance.
So, if it’s a dramatic improvement in creative performance you’re looking for, then look no further than Superfast Energy Gum™!