Dance as a Workout
Think about full body workouts. Ugh. In our minds, they don’t seem like a ton of fun, do they? Well, in the words of the famous artist Sia… Hit the dance floor! Dancing serves as a workout that is actually fun.
Why Dance is a Good Exercise
Dance makes you stronger, helps with balance and coordination, and most importantly, it’s good for the heart. Let’s say you take a 30-minute dance class. How many calories do you think that’ll help you burn? Take a guess! It’ll burn anywhere from 130 to 250 calories per class, which is about as much as you’ll burn jogging.
If you’ve never signed up for a class before, give it a try! 2017 just might be the year you become a dancer and get fit while you’re at it. There are tons of options. From BollyX, a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world; to Bella Booty Twerkout, a super fun, great cardio workout; to Afro-Caribe, Hot Hula, and others that will guarantee you have lots of fun while you burn some calories.
Check the Intensity
This depends on the style of dance you choose. For example, hip hop and salsa are really fast and strenuous, but waltz is slower and less intense. Either way, most dances will also exercise your brain, since you’ll have to learn the choreography and technique.
Be aware of the targeted areas
Most dances engage several muscle groups:
What are you working on?
- Flexibility: Most dance styles and dance workouts focus on moves that improve flexibility
- Strength: All that body weight shifting will help you build muscle strength
- Aerobic: Dancing will raise your heart rate for sure. The more up-tempo the style, the better it will be for your heart.
Some styles of dance can help you improve your heart health, joint mobility, balance, coordination, and strength, and they will also help you feel good. Just check with your physician if you have any previous conditions so they will sign off on you before you register for a class.