hart Posted October 19, 2003 Report Share Posted October 19, 2003 I just started ballet in late June, and I absolutely love it; however, I sometimes have difficulty keeping a balanced perspective about it. It seems like a very "high maintenance" kind of endeavor to me. This tantalizes my conscientious, high- achieving, dedicated nature but also has a tendency to wear me out. A full-time doctoral student and part-time psychotherapist and college instructor, I absolutely have to be sure to keep my stress levels in check. I used to do this through a nice hard run where I could breathe in the crisp autumn air and enjoy the beauty of nature. However, as part of my "Be Good to Your Achilles Tendons" campaign, I have subsequently had to decide between ballet and running, and I have chosen ballet for now. My problem is that it really takes a hard, vigorous run to get my stress levels down. I have found that no other physical activity comes close to running, in this regard. My question is twofold: 1. What kinds of things have helped you keep ballet in perspective so that ballet continues to enhance your life rather than take it over? 2. What suggestions do you have for vigorous, cardiovascular exercise that can help me manage my stress levels without hampering ballet or causing injury? Quote Link to comment
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