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3/4/13 3:31 A

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I absolutely dance just as much as my students do throughout class, and all the adrenaline of speaking in front of a group definitely adds to my fatigue.

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2/24/13 3:27 P

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I haven't been counting it personally, because I never seem to sweat or raise my heartrate enough. Probably because I'm walking around making adjustments, or because they are the lower level classes.

However, when I'm TAKING a class or workshop.... anywhere where I'm not in charge, I seem to really sweat and get the heartrate up just fine! So I count those. :)



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2/23/13 3:35 P

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I see no reason why you can't/shouldn't count teaching as a workout. You are excercising and you are working hard - as far as I'm concerned, it TOTALLY counts! Before coming to SP, I was using Map My Fitness to track workouts (wasn't thrilled with the rest of that set up, so that's all I used), the numbers for calories burned their fitness calculator give are much higher than SP's and they seem to be more logical in relation to how I feel during and after the workout - ie: how much I sweat, heart rate, breathlessness, etc. so I have been using those numbers rather than SP numbers. I hope it'll turn out to be accurate - which I guess I'll know when I reach my goal weight.

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6/7/07 4:53 P

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You're definitely NOT being a wimp. I find it much more taxing to teach. As for figuring the calories, I end up equating it to another form of dance - say the intensity of doing the twist or disco for really tough faster dances(ie drum solo) and teaching vs regular belly dancing for something that's more sedate. In reality, there's only about a 10-30 calorie difference between the two on the fitness logs.


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6/7/07 3:11 P

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I have two classes on Wednesdays and I'm BEAT when I get home. I think we ought to be able to count teaching bellydance as a workout. I can dance for two hours without a lot of major fatigue (oddly enough) but drilling and demonstrating with the students wears me out.

Anybody else teach, and do you find it physically taxing, or is this just me being a wimp? LOL.

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