By Jodi Helmer
How It Works
Get ready to hit the dance floor! Dancing is a whole-body workout that’s actually fun.
It’s good for your heart, it makes you stronger, and it will help with balance and coordination.
A 30-minute dance class burns between 130 and 250 calories, about the same as jogging.
Sign up for a class. Your teacher will lead you through a series of choreographed steps. The focus might be on the footwork, but the series of leaps, turns, shimmies, and cha-chas engage the entire body.
There are lots of options. With dance-inspired workouts ranging from ballroom and ballet to hip hop and club dance classes, you’ll never be bored!
Intensity Level: Medium
The intensity depends on the type of dance you choose. Fast-moving dance styles like hip hop and salsa are more intense than slower dances like the tango or waltz. All of them will use your whole body and will challenge your brain as you learn the choreography and form.