Grab your dancin’ shoes. Every style of dance incorporates some form of movement making it a great way to be active.
Have you ever thought about which style of dance can make you sweat the most? Here is a list of 13 forms of dance in order from least calories to most calories burned. Get your groove on and celebrate Benefits of Dance Day with Medifast.
Make sure to note that these numbers depend on many factors and are measured to people weighing 120-190 lbs. Remember that an exact number can fluctuate according to weight, muscle mass, intensity and effort.
- Ballroom. Slower paced styles burn around 150-220 calories per hour while faster paced versions range from 250-320 calories burned per hour. This form of dance requires agility and endurance when dancing for extended periods of time.
- Belly dancing. A lower intensity version of belly dancing can burn around 270-320 calories per hour. High-intensity ab-working versions will burn 290-360.
- Folk. The slower version can burn around 250-330 calories while the fast-paced style burns between 310-420. Try wearing a pedometer to gauge how many steps you’ve completed.
- Western. The larger and faster the movements, the more calories burned. For this form of dance you can burn anywhere between 290 and 420 calories per hour.
- Pole dancing. This graceful form of dance requires a great deal of strength, especially in the upper body. You can burn between 250-350 calories an hour.
- Ballet. In addition to having a strong core, increased flexibility and great posture, this form of dance requires a lot of strength and can burn roughly 380-450 calories per hour. This form of dance does well for legs, back, arms and core.
- Salsa. Depending on your size, you can burn between 400-480 calories per hour. The fast-paced salsa music provides quick movements and allows you to burn calories fast.
- Swing. This form of dance is a great cardio workout. You can burn between 300 and 550 calories in a single hour. This can vary depending on the weight of your partner.
- Hip-hop. This form of dance depends on the body weight of the dancer. Lighter bodyweights burn around 370-500 calories per hour, while those weighing ≥180 lbs. can burn up to 610 calories.
- Zumba. If the routine is rigorous enough, you can burn roughly 350-650 calories in an hour with this form of dance. This total body workout is a great way to try different styles of dance from around the world.
- Break dancing. This form of dance requires strength and endurance. It can burn roughly 400-650 calories an hour. This style involves the dancer lifting his/her body and holding the weight. Therefore, the number of calories burned depends on the weight of the person.
- Tap. This form of dance is all about the legs. There can be between 200 and 700 calories burned an hour depending on how vigorous the routine is.
- Moshing. This form of dance uses up an incredible amount of energy. And depending on how wild you want to get, you can burn anywhere between 400-750 calories per hour. Although it may not require as much skill or practice, it still gets the job done.
Celebrate National Dance Day to burn some extra calories while also having a lot of fun! Contact Medifast with any questions or if you would like more information on staying fit and enjoying life while doing it.