Can dancing help me burn calories to lose weight?
Yes, absolutely! Dancing is an effective, not to mention fun, form of exercise that can definitely help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals. Dancing not only raises the heart rate through movement for a great cardio workout, but also tightens and tones many of the major muscle groups of the body.
Getting to the CORE! When dancing in both Ballroom (smooth dances – waltz, tango, fox trot, etc.) and Latin dance styles (cha cha, salsa, rumba and others), you will learn to engage the core of your body, which can give you immediate results by improving your posture and core strength. Your core is made up of your abdomen and lower back muscles, and works as your center of gravity. A strong core is vital to your overall health, and is the source of the energy that is transferred to the rest of your body for movement.
The low down on working those LOWER BODY muscles… Dance is a weight-bearing activity that can provide a full lower body workout. Almost every muscle gets a workout…
•Forward movement steps work the quadriceps.
•Backward movements work your buttocks and hamstrings.
•To rotate your hips in the Latin dance styles, your inner and outer thigh muscles, which are so hard to target, are working overtime!
•To point your toes, your calves contract.
•Your shins work to flex and lift your toes upward.
•For ladies, wearing high heels adds to the calf and shin workout!
Getting the upper hand on working your UPPER BODY muscles! Dancing with a partner is all about the push and pull. As you push, or move away, from your partner, the chest, shoulders, and triceps are at work. As you move or pull towards your partner, you are working your back and biceps.
Even when you are dancing alone you will work your upper body, as arm styling is a major element of all Ballroom and Latin dance styles. The more your progress, the more arm styling you will add. You will work your arms more and more – wrists, fingers, biceps, triceps, shoulders, and chest.
Dancing can help you say goodbye to those flabby arms that we all hate!
Let us show you how to make exercise fun again!
If you feel like you are literally dragging yourself to the gym to workout, perhaps you should try something new! Dance is a way to put the fun and excitement back into your exercise program. Whether you are starting an exercise routine for the first time (or the first time in a long time), or just adding a little spice to your current workout schedule, dance can truly be the answer to your exercise “blahs”.
The BURN – Dance vs Other Exercise
There truly is no limit to the number of calories you can burn while dancing! You can choose your style, choose your pace, and pick the music (and maybe the partner!) that really gets your heart pumping, or take it slow and easy if you are just getting started with a workout program. Dance is for individuals at all levels of weight and fitness.
That being said, there are many variables that can effect the actual calories a person will burn while dancing (gender, weight, age, body composition, etc.), so we can only estimate the actual calories burned. No two bodies are exactly the same, therefore, each individual burns calories at a slightly different rate, but here are a few guidelines to help you evaluate the benefits of dance vs other exercise:
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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. You should consult a physician before beginning any weight Loss program. Before beginning any weight loss program, be sure to check with your physician, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have health problems, are under the age of 18, or intend to lose more than 30 pounds or 15% of your starting eight. Rapid weight loss without medical supervision by a qualified physician trained in Bariatric Medicine may be associated with health problems.