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Dancing With The Stars?

By a show of hands, how many of you out there enjoy dancing?  Let’s now separate the question:  Ladies first:  How many of you enjoy dancing?  My guess is much more than 50% of the hands have been raised.  Now, to my male counterparts:  How many?  Hmmm…I see much less than 50%.

Dancing is one of the exercising activities that is probably much more fun than routine/more boring expenditures of calories such as treadmill or elliptical workouts.  Dancing allows for a social environment, good music, dressing up nicely etc.

How many calories are burned off during dancing?  This of course depends on the level of “dance intensity”.  Below are the caloric expenditures in one hour of dancing for a 200 pound person.  Please remember that the less someone weighs, the less the caloric burn-off and conversely, adjust the numbers higher if the weight is greater than 200 pounds.

Type of Activity MET Calories Burned
Ballroom, slow 3 285
Caribbean dance 3.5 332
Ethnic or cultural dancing 4.5 427
Tap 4.8 456
Ballet, modern, or jazz, general, rehearsal or class 5 475
Aerobic, low impact 5 475
Aerobic, step, with 4-inch step 5.5 522
Ballroom, fast 5.5 522
Anishinaabe Jingle Dancing 5.5 522
Ballet, modern, or jazz, performance, vigorous effort 6.8 646
Aerobic, general 7.3 693
Aerobic, high impact 7.3 693
Aerobic, step, with 6 – 8 inch step 7.5 712
General dancing 7.8 741
Bench step class, general 8.5 807
Aerobic, step, with 10 – 12 inch step 9.5 902
Aerobic dance wearing 10-15 lb weights 10 950
Ballroom dancing, competitive, general 11.3 107

  If you loathe traditional exercise such as running or stationary gym equipment, consider dancing as a potential adjunct to your dietary efforts.

Concerning your doctor:  Back in the 70’s with my longer hair and bell bottom jeans I could give John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever a run for his money.  Now, slow dancing to Frank Sinatra tunes!

And….Our Dancing With The Stars Performer, Nataliya performing with Donna, our PA several years ago…enjoy!!!

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