Can dancing be good exercise?

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Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
Whether you love to salsa or tap your way to fitness, dancing is a lively way to shape up. This dynamic workout can help you develop core strength, increase balance, and tone your entire body. Put on your favorite tunes at home and shake your hips, or join a class and learn some new moves. Just one hour of an intense Zumba class can burn up to 500 calories! Music and dance can also lift your spirits and increase levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, the feel-good chemical in your brain.
Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali, CPT,NASM Elite Trainer
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dancing is great exercise.  Class formats like Zumba and Batuka are very popular because it gives people an opportunity to do what they enjoy and it doesn't feel like exercise.

Dancing is a great exercise.  All of your muscle groups will be used with dance.  Muscles ranging from your calves with each step you make to your quadriceps and hamstrings help your go side to side and back and forth.  Your glutes, abdominals, and lower back will be used to help you twist side to side, forward and back.  Your back, chest, biceps, triceps, and shoulders will be used with any upper body movements and if you dance like me then they really get put to work!

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Dancing is one of the easiest ways to get the heart pumping. Watch as dance stars Courtney Galiano and Jason Glover give Dr. Oz a quick lesson in this video.



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