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Dance Your Way to Health & Fitness


Dance also counts as weight-bearing exercise, which means that it can help strengthen bones and fight osteoporosis. It requires agility, balance, and grace—qualities that aren't fostered in a typical gym workout.

Health & Fitness Benefits
If you’re looking to improve your health and fitness level, a wide variety of dance styles can do the trick. From bellydance to square dance, ballet to ballroom, and salsa to swing, you can get a fun aerobic workout that also offers the following benefits: 
  • Stronger bones
  • Greater endurance and stamina
  • Stress relief
  • More flexibility
  • Better posture
  • Improved balance
  • Total body toning
  • Enahnced weight loss
  • Cardiovascular benefits
  • Reduced back pain
  • Calorie Burn (hourly average for a 150-pound person): Ballet (300), Ballroom (265), Bellydancing (380), Salsa (400), Square dancing (300), Swing (280)
Dance Hall Days
If you’re new to the dance scene, you may need some instruction before you can begin. Check your local dance schools to see if they’re open to the public on certain nights for casual dancing or join a class for formal lessons. Most schools accept singles, so you can take part even without a partner. Another option is to try the drop-in classes offered at fitness centers. There are also plenty of dance clubs that accept new members, such as square dance or clogging groups.

If you’re a little shy, don’t forget that you can always crank up the tunes in your own living room and dance away to your heart’s content. The kids can even join in making for a fun family fitness night. So put on your favorite music, grab a partner and start boogying!
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Member Comments

  • I'm totally uncoordinated so I don't know that I'd ever dance. - 10/29/2014 8:39:52 AM
  • My daughter and I got jazz dance shoes for her birthday. We watch some of her movies which almost always have music in them, and whenever a song comes on, we dance. we also watch Michael Jackson's "This Is It", and a couple other videos we have of his, and we're not allowed to sit during it. Makes for a great workout! - 5/13/2014 5:34:44 PM
  • We used to square dance, such fun and a good workout. - 5/10/2014 6:00:33 AM
  • 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! - 1/10/2014 9:12:36 AM
  • I love to dance and I am going to get the hip hop tape and work these pounds off. - 6/14/2013 3:26:17 PM
  • 498194
    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. - 4/7/2013 2:24:46 PM
  • 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. - 2/19/2013 9:41:40 AM
  • There are some awesome dance games for the Wii also. I dance barefoot in my own home so zero equipment beyond a music source (or a dance game, or a youtube video. - 11/4/2012 8:47:28 PM
  • 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! - 8/16/2012 6:39:05 PM
    Dance yourself out of every "down" area of life--Kick up your heels for health. - 4/5/2012 6:16:54 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? - 3/21/2011 10:01:36 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! - 10/13/2010 11:34:17 AM
  • 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! - 10/29/2009 2:15:00 PM
  • MILES-2-GO
    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. - 6/20/2009 9:52:02 AM
  • 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. - 5/12/2009 5:50:31 AM

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