• Ladies Dancing = Getting Cardio! 

    I love dancing. I am not the best dancer, or really even a good dancer, but I enjoy it.

    Just Dance!

    Luckily for those of us who like dancing, it is a form of cardiovascular or aerobic exercise.

    Based on the recommendations from:

    they all recommend,

    For substantial health benefits, Adults at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week. Activity should be in episodes of at least 10 minutes per episode.

    More is just fine.

    Seriously – ALL of those organizations and more came to the same conclusions and AGREE! 

    What is CARDIO?

    Cardiovascular exercise also called aerobic exercise or cardiorespiratory exercise is movement or exercise that increases your heart rate and brings in more oxygen into your body.

    Moderate intensity aerobic exercise is one that increases your heart rate, where it is difficult to speak a full sentence, but you can still talk. There is a lot more to aerobic exercise in how the body uses specific nutrients during the activity and metabolism, but I won’t go into that here.

    How to incorporate dancing into your exercise or as exercise?

    First, just dancing is something you can do in your own home without anything formal. Turn up the music and let it go!

    If you want specifically for fitness – classic aerobic dance classes (aka aerobics) may be in or out but there are other types of group fitness dance classes including Zumba, salsa, country western dance, ballroom dance, nightclub dancing and even belly dance classes.

    Look at your local university or community education classes. Check the local clubs in your area: some in my area have free dance classes on Sunday afternoons.

    Fitness Class or Dance Class?

    From Ballet to Tap Dance, Hip Hop to Waltz – look for dance lessons in your area or even online!

    I’ve taken to trying to get those line dances down by watching YouTube videos! Funny? Sure! But next time I am at a wedding reception I will be READY!

    Other types of cardio exercise

    There are many types of cardio exercises: running, cycling, swimming, hiking, fast walking, and the equipment in the gym like the Spin bikes, elliptical and rowing or stair machines. You can take it to a new level and do some dancing on these machines too. Who knows, you could be the next viral video!

    Go for it!

    No matter how old you are, or how self-conscious you are, get dancing. The most important part is to have fun while helping your heart.

    Eight Maids a Milking,

    Seven Swan’s a Swimming,

    Six Geese a Laying,

    Five Golden Rings,

    Four Calling Birds,

    Three French Hens,

    Two Turtle Doves,

    and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.