Many of us know we need to exercise to lose weight. However, to get right to the point, exercise sucks! We need something that is active, but fun. If you don’t like sport so much or feel that it might be hard on the joints, then you need to look elsewhere.
This leads many of us to consider dance as an avenue to weight loss.
But just how much energy does dancing burn?
The slower types of dance are a lot like walking when it comes to burning energy. The faster dances are a lot like jogging. That means an hour of dancing could be like going for a good walk or a reasonable jog. If you take a couple classes a week and then go out to dance as well, then you have a pretty good weekly work out.
However, that is just the energy burned at the time.
Dance will increase your strength by building muscles and tone. The act of building muscle also burns energy so you will get benefits even when you are not dancing as your body burns energy rebuilding itself.
It is about looking good no?
Most of us want to lose weight so we look better. Dance will improve your posture and your movement. That will mean that as well as losing weight, you will also look better because of the dancers posture you will now have.
But health is important.
Dance, by building muscle, providing cardio exercise and improving posture, will provide health benefits that will augment the benefits that come from losing weight. You can expect grater bone density, grater movement of joints and health from better poise. Dance is thus an ideal part of any weight loss program.
Just feeling better.
Weight loss, buy improving health and appearance, makes us feel better. If you are looking for that general sense of wellness, then dance is again ideal. The social nature of it, it’s opportunity to learn, the endorphins from the activity and its sense of fun, all combine to make dance an ideal hobby for those simply wanting to feel better. When you feel better, weight loss becomes easier too.
Based on the above, dance is indeed going to help with weight loss. Considering how dance is social and fun, it makes it more enticing than many other forms of exercise. So, you are much more likely to stick at dance than you are at the alternatives. However, dance also offers benefits beyond weight loss. Benefits that augment the effects of weight loss.
If you want to consider dance as a way of losing weight, then try a free trial lesson.
This blog is written by the staff at Destine Dance and is inspired by the questions and challenges faced by our students