Posted in Article on July 15, 2012
If you enjoy dancing then why not make this your exercise routine? You have probably read lots of articles telling you that it is easier to stick with an exercise routine that you enjoy. So why not dancing?
There are so many types of dance that you will never get bored dancing. You could try Zumba dancing, Belly dancing and even tap or ballet. Plus this can all be done in the comfort of your home with very little if no special gym equipment.
Even just turning on your favourite music and dancing is a great form of exercising. Let yourself be carried away by the music and burn lots and lots of calories. A 150 pound person can burn approximately 306 calories per hour just dancing in general. Ballet or Tap will have you burning 326 calories per hour and Ballroom dancing 374 calories in a one hour period.
Of course you don’t have to dance for one solid hour. You could break this up into four 15 minute intervals during the day. To get the biggest benefit try to put in as much effort as you can into your dancing. Don’t get carried away as you don’t want to hurt yourself by pulling a muscle.
If you want to learn a certain style or a dance routine you can find plenty of DVD’s and videos on this subject. If you visit YouTube you could probably find some instructional videos on there. This is a great way to try something new like Belly Dancing before purchasing a DVD or book on the subject. You will just need to make sure that you have enough room to dance safely near your computer.
Maybe you dreamed of being a ballet dancer when you were younger. Well there is nothing stopping you from learning the movements now. Ballet dancers are known for their incredible strength and practicing the basic steps will no doubt improve your leg, arm and core strength.
Of course it will take time and determination to perfect any new dance routine, but you are not aiming to be a professional. Your goal is to have fun while learning a new dance step or style.
Just moving your body more will help get you back into shape. You will be feeling more energetic and youthful than you had expected and all you did was dance your way back to health.