Who said dance classes are only for kids and dance enthusiasts? Dancing is also recognised as an excellent calorie burner. According to a survey published by the American Council on Exercise, experts see dance-based workouts as a growing trend.
It is said that you burn approximately 200 to 400 calories per hour through intense dancing, almost on par with the number of calories burnt while cycling or swimming!
If done regularly, it is said to slow down heart rate, lower blood pressure and improve good cholesterol levels. Says Althea Shah, fitness expert, “Dance improves strength and flexibility, which keeps muscles and joints healthy.” We give you the dope on the most popular and effective dance workouts.
While you are wiggling and jiggling your hips, you are also toning your abs, lower back and butt.
1)Belly dancing helps relieve stress to the back, counteracting the almost constant compression of the disks that occurs from a sedentary lifestyle.
2)Your arms and shoulders are also exercised when doing lifts, circles or rippling motions.
3)You burn approximately 300 calories per hour.
Zumba is a Latin dance-inspired group exercise. It engages a tonne of muscle workouts — from squats to lunges. It is also one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise. In India, zumba is also combined with hip hop and aerobic moves. Says Kinjal Thakkar, fitness instructor, “Zumba has well-choreographed dance moves, which aid in weightloss and toning, well-synced with fast-paced music to help you stay energetic.”
1)It improves your cardiovascular health by pumping blood throughout your body.
2)It’s great for weight loss. If you dance for approximately an hour, you could lose about 400 to 500 calories.
3)It is also known to improve body co-ordination.
For women who look fitter and want to feel more sensual and confident, pole dancing is the answer. Derived from the pole dance culture, the workout has a mix of seductive music and slow or medium-paced moves. It’s all about having fun and twirling, spinning and swinging your body. But don’t think it will be a twirl in the park. You’ll need to throw your body weight up, down and around, hold the pole with your ankles, with the back of your knees or with just one hand.
1)It strengthens your core and skeletal muscles.
2) It lends a firmer, tougher and toned look.
3) It improves balance and agility.
4) It is a physically challenging activity, so check with your fitness instructor before you sign up for a class.
Bhangra aerobic workout
A euphoric harvest dance, this style has evolved over the years with other kinds of music and dance moves such as hip hop, disco, reggae and techno. It has made it into fitness circles as the bhangra aerobic workout — which aids in weight loss. The dance involves continuous and rhythmic body movements designed to raise your heart rate, strengthen your lungs and tone all the major muscle groups in your body, including your legs and hips. This workout is done to pulsating bhangra music.
1)The bhangra aerobic workout is good for your cardiovascular health and helps avoid chronic ailments like heart disease, hypertension and stroke.
2)It lowers blood pressure and builds strong bones and helps control weight.
3)A 45-minute workout burns 500 calories.
If you can’t get enough of the entertaining moves that actresses pull off in infectious item songs, this filmy alternative is for you.
Bollywood dancing has it all — thumkas, latkas, jhatkas along with desi folk, pop and classical dance.
1)Tones your thighs and hips.
2)A great workout for those who are bored of going to the gym.
3)Indulges your love for the song-and-dance routine of Hindi films.