How excited are you that Tom DeLay (whether you like him or not), Debbie Mazar (who you have to like and if you’re from NuYawk, you’ve got to love) and Kathy Ireland are apart of the 2009 season of Dancing with the Stars?
I hear from my insider sources that the ‘stars’ are starting to shimmy and shake in anticipation of September. Tom DeLay has already burned off 12 pounds.
Is any of this inspiring you? Because dancing not only burns calories, offers an opportunity to socialize with friends – make new friends – partner up and ho down – and much more.
Calories – Depending on the type of dance, you can burn between 200 to 400 calories per half-hour! That’s as much as swimming, walking or riding your bicycle.
Cardiovascular Conditioning – Dancing can lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol profile. The degree of cardiovascular conditioning depends on how vigorously you dance, how long you dance, and how regularly you do it. Suffice to say, three-four times a week of 30-40 minutes of vigorous dancing is considered real exercise.
Strong Bones – Many dances incorporate side-to-side movements which strengthen your weight bearing bones and can help prevent or slow loss of bone mass also known as osteoporosis. The side to side movements of many dances strengthens you weight bearing bones (tibia, fibula and femur) and can help prevent or slow loss of bone mass (osteoporosis).
Mayo Clinic researchers reported that dancing reduces stress, increases energy, improves strength, increases muscle tone and coordination.
Dancing is good for the brain. It increases blood flow to the brain, and dancing provides mental challenges as it requires memorizing steps and working with a partner, both of which are central to brain health.
Sociability – Last, but most definitely not least, dancing contains a social compoent that many other forms of exercise do not. And sociability, making friends, developing relationships can give your self-esteem a major boost and give you a positive outlook on life!
So get moving – do the waltz, the fox trot, the latin hustle or grab your partners arm and do the Do-Si-Do!
Dance It Off!
Here’s an approximation of how many calories you might burn, per hour, based on someone who is approximately 150 pounds.
* Swing dancing: 235 calories/hour
* Ballroom dancing: 265
* Square dancing: 280
* Ballet: 300
* Belly dancing: 380
* Salsa dancing: 420+
* Aerobic dancing: 540+
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