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Shannon Jay Dougherty, Fitness, answeredDancing is one fantastic way to burn calories while having fun. Your whole body is in motion and the music makes time pass quickly. With different types of dance and dance styles, there is something for everyone. The beauty with dancing is you can do it anytime and anywhere. You don't even need to have rhythm, just start moving to the music to shed some pounds. Remember, it's not just the dancing that helps with weight loss, you must pay attention to your diet too.Helpful? 5 people found this helpful.
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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Barb MacGillivary, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
Absolutely! Any activity that helps you burn enough calories to create a calorie deficit for the day will enable you to lose weight. Dancing can be a fun way to get that caloric burn.Helpful? 3 people found this helpful.
Penny Ragusano, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredWonderful example of how working towards our health and weight loss goals can be simple and fun. Just watching this video makes me feel good from the inside out. Absolutely we can lose weight by dancing.Helpful? 23 people found this helpful.
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
Yes, you can burn a tremendous amount of calories and subsequently lose weight by dancing. Dancing involves total-body rhythmic movements that elevate your heart rate, breathing rate, circulation, and muscular activity. In fact, dancing elevates your metabolism 3-6 times above your resting metabolism. In other words, you’ll burn 3-6 times more calories when you’re dancing versus resting (known as 3.0 - 6.0 METS). For the average adult, this equates to burning approximately 3.5 to 7 calories per minute. If you’re aspiring to lose weight, dancing can be a fun and invigorating activity to help you reach your goals.Helpful? 8 people found this helpful.
Weight Watchers® answered
Dance is not only fun, it can be a good calorie burner!
Any kind of movement can provide fitness benefits. Depending on the kind of dance you choose, some help you burn calories while others will tone muscle and increase flexibility. Pick the style that's right for you, whether it's ballet, ballroom dancing, or belly dancing.
Remember, losing weight is a matter of creating an imbalance between the number of calories taken in and the number of calories burned and exercise alone is not effective as a stand-alone weight loss treatment.
Weight Watchers helps people integrate regular physical activity into their everyday lives so that exercise becomes as much a part of their lives as healthful eating habits. Learn more about Weight Watchers and how to join.