I’m sure I am not the only one here whose goal is to be of the dance for as long as possible throughout my life. Perhaps some of you like me have been dancing for more than 20 years, and some even more than that. So I wanted to ask you what are some of your considerations in making sure that your ability to Dance for a long time is not compromised? Here is a short list of things I do but I’m sure there are some things I could do better and some things I missed 1. Food selection - I am on a plant-based diet 99% of the time. However, this includes supplementation with plant-based protein, and I have a protein shake about once per day. 2. Water intake - basically I have a large container of water that I try to finish every day. 3. Cardio - I jog about four or five times per week. I don’t necessarily run fast but I make sure that I get my heart rate up for at least 10 minutes. 4. Stretching - I recognize there are areas of my body that will tend to get tight, and in some areas even there are long-term weaknesses. I try my best not to go along time without addressing these areas. For me I sometimes have low back problems and I know that stretching my hamstrings and twisting stretches are very helpful. 5. Breathing - If I don’t think about it often enough, sometimes I will get in the habit of not taking enough deep breaths during the day. I make a conscious effort to think about my breathing a few times per day. 6. Strength training - This is actually an area that I tend to avoid mostly. I have found that my other activities which include a little yoga, plus dancing and jogging tend to keep me strong enough. I have not found a need to increase in this area. 7. Listening to my body - it would be rare that I would stop dancing, but if I have a problem I will definitely pay careful attention to what is going on. Often there are some technical considerations my dancing that will improve the situation 8. Posture and habitual body positions- throughout the day, I have found it easy for myself to fall into habits such as the way I see it, the way I sleep, or even the way I stand. I try to be aware of body positions, as habitually being in an awkward position is not good at all. 9. Massage - this is more a treat to myself, but I have often found that my massage therapist will notice tight muscles, or I will notice them. This allows me to think about which muscles to strengthen or stretch. 10. Mental training - I remain committed to always learning something every day. It may not involve dancing, but I am always doing something to keep my mind working very well. I study languages as well as dancing. 11. Emotional awareness- there are some emotions that just don’t do me any good. I try to notice my emotional state and be thoughtful of how I can make sure I am in the best position to do well with all the above.