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Friday, May 9, 2008

Fitness: Dance Your Way To A Slimmer Body

picture of a dance workout videoSo you think you can dance? Anybody can boogie their way to a slimmer body

Many gyms now offer dance aerobics classes, thanks to the popularity of TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance? From mambos and cha-chas to kicks and hip circles, dance workouts such as salsa, jazz, and hip hop offer a fun way to get your heart pumping, burn calories, sculpt your legs, and whittle your waistline.

Dancing provides benefits similar to those you'd get from a walk-jog training program. A 120 pound woman who walk-jogs for 30 minutes burns 171 calories. The same 120-pound woman would burn a similar amount of calories dancing:

  • aerobic, general dancing 186

  • aerobic, high impact dancing 200

  • aerobic, low impact dancing 143

  • aerobic, step, with 10 -12 inch step dancing 286

  • aerobic, step, with 6 -8 inch step dancing 243

  • Anishinaabe Jingle Dancing or other traditional American Indian dancing 157

  • Ballet or modern, twist, jazz, tap, jitterbug dancing 137

  • ballroom, dancing fast dancing 157

  • ballroom, fast (disco, folk, square), line dancing, Irish step dancing, polka, contra, country
    dancing 129

  • ballroom, slow (e.g. waltz, foxtrot, slow dancing), samba, tango, 19th C, mambo, chacha
    dancing 86

  • general, Greek, Middle Eastern, hula, flamenco, belly, and swing dancing
    dancing 129

If you think you have two left feet or you are self-conscious, don't fret. Dance workouts on video and DVD are a perfect way to try these fun workouts in the privacy of your own home.

To get started, here are a few choices:

  • Dancing with the Stars Cardio Dance

  • Dance Fitness for Beginners with MaDonna Grimes

  • 10 Minute Solution: Fat Dancing Blast Mix

  • The Bollywood Dance Workout
Keep moving and keep dancing this weekend.


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