Happy New Year!!
If one of your goals for 2013 is to lose weight and/or tone that body, dancing should be on your list of activities to help you get there.
I hope everyone enjoyed their New Years Eve activities as much as I did. Salsa dancing is one of my favorite things to do and I certainly Salsa’d into the New Year 2 days ago! My feet and calves are still feeling it. Thank goodness I’m not too sore for JCF-ComboFit tonight.
Dancing is one of the best exercises for burning calories, improving your cardio, improving coordination, toning the legs and having fun. Dancing also improves your mood. We can burn 265 – 525 calories per hour of Salsa dancing. I burned over 1,000 calories New Year’s Eve. And believe me, it didn’t feel like exercise or working out. Be aware that the number of calories burned depends on your weight and intensity. The more you weigh the higher the burn, the more you move the higher the burn. Obviously doing the “wallflower two-step” is not going to get the job done. So don’t be shy, get on the dance floor and bust a move people!
Benefits of dancing:
- Heart healthy
- Social benefits
- Improves cardio
- Improves stamina and endurance
- Tones the body
- Burns calories
- Improves mood by releasing endorphins
- Helps prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia (check out New England Journal of Medicine or www.mayoclinic.com)