Dancing as a workout!

Dancing is a great way to stay fit and have fun at the same time. Regardless of the style you want to learn, a dancing routine benefits the entire body as it provides exercise for your heart, lungs and muscles. It can also help with balance and coordination. Dancing demands constant movement, thus promoting overall fitness to the body. A 20-30 minute dance workout is all it takes to improve heart, lung and muscle function, and you'll burn well over 100 calories.

The act of dancing puts a heavy demand on the body's energy reserves because it requires the dancer to move in all directions. Training for most sports specifies a repetitive action that involves rhythm and momentum. Dancing, however, does not promote a natural momentum. Instead, it requires you to speed up and slow down on your own while moving in irregular patterns. This puts a heavier demand on the body because of the spontaneous movements that make up the art of dancing.


The intensity depends on the type of dance you choose. Styles such as hip hop and salsa require movements that are more demanding than slower dances such as tango or waltz. All of them will require you to utilize your whole body during the workout. There are many targeted areas of the body that dancing movements will affect.

"Dancing as a workout is a great way to stay fit. Dancing is total fitness because it offers a whole-body alternative to regular exercise!"

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