As seen in the spring issue of Happy + Healthy: Your Guide to Living Well with Walgreens, dancing can be a great way to shed some pounds if you’re getting tired of the treadmill. But we’re not talking slow dancing here; we’re talking about calorie-shredding, cardio-jammed fitness fun!
Zumba. Get those hips shaking to Latin music, and you won’t even realize how fast your body is burning the calories. A combination of salsa, samba, and merengue are fused with cardio-active moves to burn fat and tone your body fast.
The Bar Method. Great for toning muscle and trimming your waist, the bar method was inspired by the balance and structure of classical ballet. The bar method focuses on using the body’s own weight to strengthen and sculpt the major muscle groups that are key in body transformation.
Nia. Nia takes on similar practices of yoga while adding the elements of cardiovascular exercise and body conditioning. Nia is a calming workout that many believe may reduce stress, as it’s practiced with no shoes with the focus on mind, body, and spirit.
Ballroom Dancing. The likes of the salsa and the cha-cha can easily be compared to an intense cardio workout. Grab a partner and hit the floor for the most fun way to build muscle, develop flexibility, and gain coordination.
Cardio Hip-Hop. High intensity choreography with fun modern music can really get the blood flowing. The high-impact dance moves in cardio hip-hop are a great way to get your heart rate at its best for burning calories.
Or if you don’t have time for scheduled workouts, just wing it! Turn on your favorite playlist and have a dance party with the family. They’ll love it, and you’ll all be burning calories together.