It is important for both men and women to stretch, and there are all kind of ways that flexibility can improve your dancing. However, while flying around last weekend, I noticed a little tidbit in an airline magazine that ladies may want to read:
For most women, strutting around in stilettos can be a pain—one that lasts far longer than the workday, according to research from Manchester Metropolitan University. A new study revealed that women who regularly wore high heels over a two-year span showed 13 percent shorter muscle fibers in their calves than flat-shoe wearers. Such a decrease in muscle length causes the Achilles tendon to thicken, leading to pain when walking barefoot. But ladies need not ditch their Manolos. A simple calf stretch at day’s end will keep those muscles in perfect balance.
I think we all knew this from experience/anecdotes, but now there is evidence of the effects of those high heels on our bodies! So ladies, don’t forget to stretch your calves after a long night of dancing!