Ever wonder what dance workouts can do for your body? And which dance styles burn the most calories?
Dancing is a great way to get your heart rate up, get rid of extra body fat, build lean muscle and keep motivation up. This form of a workout uses a wide variety of motions to engage multiple muscle groups in a dynamic way, resulting in burning a significant amount of calories. The exact number burned depends largely on what style you’re doing and other factors described below. The great thing is that you’ll get an all-over body workout without even realising it! You’ll be having that much fun.There are lot’s of benefits of dancing and a good workout is just one of them!
There are so many different kinds of dance; to name a few of the better known, there is hip hop, tango, salsa, swing, ballroom, bachata, foxtrot, cha cha, samba, disco, merengue and more. Say what you want about them, but they all count as some form of dance – and they all count as a workout.
You’ll be amazed at how many calories you can burn while having fun!
Here’s a breakdown of approximate expenditure for each type; all estimation ranges are calculated based on an hour long workout for a 57kg female. Actual figures will fluctuate according to variables such as weight, muscle mass, gender, and intensity or effort put forth. How many calories you can burn by dancing:
Ballroom Foxtrot, Tango, Waltz, Rumba, Bachata
192 – 230 calories
Bonus: Holding on to your partner promotes toned arms; dancing in heels tones calves, posture improves
Burns Off (example): 1 Glass of Red wine (125 calories per 147g serve) + a Banana (89 calories per 100gm)
Merengue, Salsa, Mambo, Quickstep, Samba
285 – 366 calories
Bonus: These dance styles also sculpt the arms, core abs and thighs
Burns Off (example): 1 Ham, Cheese & Tomato toastie (350 calories) + small glass of OJ (45 calories per 100ml)
Cha Cha, Hip Hop, West Coast Swing, Fast Salsa, Disco East Coast Swing
380 – 450 calories
Bonus: The lower-body action will whittle your hips, waist and legs. You’ll tone all over!
Burns Off (example): 1 McDonalds Quarter Pounder burger (417 calories per 171gm serving) + a handful of Berries (32 calories per half cup)
How many calories burned compared to other Types of Exercise:
Rule of thumb: The higher the music’s beats per minute (BPM), the more calories burned. In comparison, here’s the calorie burn for other workouts:
Moderate weight lifting: 180 calories
Stair climbing: 359 calories
Jumping rope: 539 calories
Rowing/kayaking: 329 calories
Cycling: 599 calories
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