My great grandmother danced until she was almost 100. She was very fit and healthy to around 105, at which time she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She lived until 108, and was still in pretty good shape even then. So I think that dancing is probably very good for our health!
I love to dance and I am going to get the hip hop tape and work these pounds off.
4/7/2013 2:24:46 PM
I started taking ballroom dancing last spring and I've been hooked since. Joined in without partner. Didn't care how goofy I'd look learning; that's why I signed up to learn. Over time became more comfortable doing the moves. Made friends with "classmates"; went out to practice as a group; still didn't worry about having no partner. Those who are serious about learning continue on. I guess I'm serious. :) BTW - lost weight and toned along the way. Awesome cardio.
I started Jazzercise a couple of years ago, and it is the only exercise program I have ever been able to stick with because it doesn't even feel like you are exercising. It feels like a night out dancing with the girls! I love it so much, and have lost 19 lbs so far.
I love this article and it came at such a good time. My husband and I took our first dance lesson last night and are going to go back tomorrow night. We are learning the basic steps, rhumba and swing to start off and its so fun! Thanks for the great info here, it is great to get such a good health benefit from something that is so fun!
4/5/2012 6:16:54 AM
Dance yourself out of every "down" area of life--Kick up your heels for health.
3/21/2011 10:01:36 AM
I've taken belly dancing at the Y for a couple years. Haven't lost any weight, but I now have a waist and I've toned up some... Added Zumba, love it but I can only do 2 songs at a time before I have to sit because my back starts hurting.. then it's back to dancing...
What I want to know.. the calorie burn 380 for belly dancing and 400 for salsa/zumba... It's for a 150 pound person... So if you're 200 pounds, do you burn more?
10/13/2010 11:34:17 AM
As my husband no longer dances, I'm taking zumba classes. It's a fun way to get a different type of cardio! I also dance when no one is watching throughout the day!
Loving my Ballroom and Latin dancing - lesson and Socials. Definitely notice a difference in muscle tone, self confidence and posture. Stressing with exams at present - final one of this series tomorrow night! Gnawing fingers for the past 3 weeks!
6/20/2009 9:52:02 AM
I "dance like nobody's watching" in 10-minute spurts throughout the day! Each 10 minutes burns a minimum of 100 calories, gets the heartrate up, and breaks a sweat. :-) I've always loved to dance.
about 5 years ago, I lost 10 kilos in 3 months, dancing like crazy in my room for about 45 mins. I also made sure I ate healthy meals. Urgh if only I could have kept away from the emotional eating which has led to me putting on all the weight and more back! This is a good reminder to restart my dance routine.
In addition to square dancing, there is round dancing. It's just like ballroom dancing but instead of memorizing a dance or making it up as you go, you have a "Cuer" who calls out which dance steps you do next!! The round dances are cued in between the square dance tips. In a round dance, you could dance a waltz followed by a two step, then the next round could be a rumba followed by a cha cha. The variety is limitless!! Hubby and I both round and square dance and have been known to be on the dance floor up to three hours!!!
The first time I wore my HRM dancing, I burned 900 calories!! Since then, I wear it regularly and burn anywhere from 600-900 calories every time. It is a very fun way to exercise, get in shape and burn calories!
I'm too shy (and budgeted) to actually join any dance classes or clubs, so I usually turn on the TV and dance to whatever dance music's playing (I try to ignore the lyrics), or watch "Shimmy" if it's on FitTV, or just throw on some mp3s and boogie around while doing laundry or something... I even move in slo-mo if there are some slow-paced songs in the mix!
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