Dance your way to a fit and firm body

By  , Jagran Cityplus
Aug 10, 2010

dancerAre you tired of the treadmill? Then think of some other alternative which is much more fun and at the same time, burns the calories.


Dance fitness, also known as ‘beat-based fitness’, is becoming big business in gyms and dance studios and a hot favourite among celebrities.


Dance studios are mushrooming across the country. Dancing is a great way to stay young as it slows down the ageing process. Not only does it benefit the heart, cardio-vascular system and increases the capacity of lungs. It also keeps the joints lubricated, which helps in preventing arthritis.


Also, it’s a very entertaining way of working out so that you don’t get bored. While dancing one has to remember and recall dance steps. This mental exercise keeps the mind quick and alert. Also, the balancing act in any dance form also stabilises muscles. Since a lot of coordination is required, dance also helps in strengthening our reflexes. Just find out the dance form that will best suit your tastes. Let’s now see how different dance forms tones your body and are helpful to stay in shape:


Salsa is one of the most popular forms of dancing. Over the years, it has gained acceptance in Indian cities. Apart from toning down, it builds endurance and stamina and helps weight loss. Besides relieving stress, it also releases toxins via sweating. It may lower blood pressure and check cholesterol levels. A one-hour salsa session can burn more than 400 calories.


Belly dancing is a new and sexier way to tone those curves. Celebrities have played a pivotal role in making this dance form popular among women. It is really good for balance and posture. This dance strengthens the back and the muscles of the pelvic floor. It tones hamstrings, thighs, abs and hips. It’s a great place to start for beginners but as you progress, dance moves can be faster and more aerobic, giving a full body workout.


Ballet is a high-endurance activity and helps in improving muscles. It helps in improving  hips, thighs, back and abdominals. It burns around 350 calories per hour. Disco is a great form of exercise. It offers a good aerobic workout for the whole body and burns out around 450 calories per hour.


Ballroom dancing is good for toning down legs, thighs and buttocks and it also increases flexibility. Not only can it bring a sense of grace and elegance to your life, but being a heart-pumping workout it can also help you burn up to 600 calories per hour.


Line dancing is considered to be of low impact but it definitely has the ability to get your heart rate up. Forget the old country and western image — line dancing has expanded its horizons. The music can be soulful, swing, Latin, jazz, urban nightclub, and even  waltz and foxtrot can be done in a line. 


Swing, West Coast Swing, Jive or Boogie, can be found in a line dance as well as their traditional partnered form. Just “boogie on down,” to improve general health, find flexibility you never thought would be possible.  


Pole Dancing now out of strip clubs and in your local gym. The new fitness craze, however isn’t for the unfit. Think of it: one arm is supporting most of your weight as you try to propel yourself into a move or two. Women love this very aerobic form of exercise, but it’s not “aerobic” until you can support yourself and swing off the pole…more than once. All forms of dance fitness share the bonus of combining fun with a great cardio workout. Be it hip hop, salsa, jive or Bollywood style of dancing, each one of them has its own benefits. Whatever form of dance you fancy do get yourself to a dance floor and get a vibrant body.

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