Dancing the Night Away
Salsa dancing can burn calories (and it’s fun too!)
By Katherine Blasewitz
Running, cycling, swimming, Pilates, hiking and yoga are all great ways to exercise. But who ever thought that dancing Salsa could be just as good (and much more fun) for you? With the popularity of shows like Dancing with the Stars, it is easy to see how much work dancing can be. The good news is that Salsa dancing is not only a great way to get your recommended 30 minutes of cardio every day, but it is also a ton of fun!
In fact, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reported that dancing can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease, decrease blood pressure and help manage your weight. And in addition, the Mayo Clinic reported that social dancing may reduce stress, increase bone strength, increase energy, enhance muscle tone and coordination and help you develop strong social ties. So not only will you be burning calories, you will be making friends too!
But just how many calories can you actually burn Salsa dancing? There are several factors that contribute to how many calories you burn. These factors include your current weight, how long you dance and how vigorously you dance. Experts seem to agree that for a person of average height and weight (approximately 150 pounds), one hour of Salsa dancing can burn up to 420+ calories! That may seem like a lot of calories to burn but it only equals eating a grilled chicken and baby spinach salad from Subway or a ten-piece chicken McNugget from McDonald’s. But if you watch your caloric intake and use dancing as exercise, you should be okay.
So, now that I’ve
discouraged you from eating unhealthy food ever again, where do we go from
here? Well, the next step is to learn
the art of Salsa. Salsa is a unique form
of dance because it has many different styles.
In fact, there are eight popular styles of Salsa including Cuban,
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Salsa for Beginners
For the Salsa basic dance step there are for points of contact between the man and the woman.
The Cuban Salsa – diagram below
Basic Salsa Step ~ Man's Timing.
The numbers below represent the beat of the music. Your weight should be on the foot mentioned by the time the beat occurs in the music. “Break" means stepping forward quickly and rocking back in essences breaking your momentum.
Start with both of you feet together.
Basic Salsa Step ~ Woman's Timing.
Start with both of you feet together