Dancing can help one lose weight, when combined with a healthy diet, Not only does it raise the heart rate through movement, dancing also tones and tightens the major muscle groups of the body. Dancing can also burn as many calories as walking, swimming or riding a bicycle.
Weight loss with dancing varies in different individuals and their body types and BMI (Body Mass Index). People with higher BMIs lose weight a little slowly as compared to those with lower BMIs.
“Dancing is a form of physical activity. Selecting the right moves, dance time along with dance music allows one to have an enhanced physical activity which helps in burning calories away. However, according to exercise physiology, losing weight via dancing is based on your skill level too. Adequate body movements for a relevant period of time might attribute enough caloric burn to really melt those pounds away”, Dr Amrapali Patil Weight Management expert.
The logic is simple. When done vigourously, dancing helps to increase the heart rate so it can be a fitness workout, albeit when done carefully and after seeking the advice of a qualified medical professional. However, managing one’s diet and limiting caloric intake are important coordinates for dance to be referred to as a workout. Dancing is a moderate level activity, which is weight bearing in nature. Twenty to thirty minutes of dancing on a regular basis is important to lose some weight. Dancing can also be a form of aerobic exercise and also lower one’s risk of dementia, however there are no experimental studies in this regard.
Ballroom dancing and the Foxtrot are good for the lower body. Whilst Indian dance forms such as Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, etc are good for the upper body.