So what’s your verdict on the ballroom blitz on Dancing With the Stars last night? We’re still rocking out from Hines Ward’s Samba. Ever wonder what dance workouts can do for your body?
“Dancing workouts will burn as many as, or more calories than, conventional workouts, with a number of additional benefits, physical and otherwise,” says Elizabeth Larkam, M.A., spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. “The social nature of dancing will keep you motivated, the music elevates your mood and engages your brain, and the intimacy of a partner’s touch adds an element of pleasure.” Dancing also improves your balance because “you’re required to move in all directions through space: backwards, forwards, sideways, turning.
How many calories do these dancing workouts torch? (Numbers are based on an hour-long workout for a 125-lb woman.)