How Ballerinas Can Keep Spinning Forever

The third act of Swan Lake is considered one of the most difficult in the balletic cannon, requiring a dancer to twirl around 32 consecutive times. How its accomplished is as much a feat of physics as it is athleticism.

Source: How Ballerinas Can Keep Spinning Forever

I’d totally go to more ballets if they actually included cannons.

Dancers also turn their heads a particular way when spinning – “spotting” (keeping your eyes focused on one spot for as long as you can while the rest of you is turning, and then whipping your head around quickly to catch back up with the turn) also helps keep momentum going. And it lowers the odds of falling over bang! on the floor from being dizzy.  Martial artists utilize the same skill.

Older People May Have Trouble Staying Athletic, But Not for the Reason You Think

The older I get, the faster I was.

If you wanted to spend two weeks cycling through Denmark, you’ve just missed a good chance. A research team at the University of Copenhagen arranged just a 2700 kilometer cycling trip, to study how older people respond to exercise. The scientists measured the metabolism of the bikers and found a problem, although not necessarily the problem most people would have anticipated.

Source: Older People May Have Trouble Staying Athletic, But Not for the Reason You Think

The article makes light of what’s considered “old people” – which in most sports falls into the category of “masters”.  Swimming and cycling uses the terminology…

The current hypothesis for what is demonstrated in the study – as you get older, you need less food.  But I wonder how that is compared to say top level athletes… Olympians as I understand have an unbelievably strict diet for competition, and understandably look forward to after the race because they can then eat 😉