Dance classes “burn more calories than running and swimming”


Hate the gym, but are desperate to lose weight?

A team of scientists may have the answer after their research finds that dancing burns more calories per hour than running, swimming or cycling.

Their results suggest that a 30-minute street, swing, or contemporary dance class may be more beneficial for your waistline than spending that time in the gym.

What’s more, the researchers found that dancing also improved people’s psychological state.

Dr Nick Smeeton, University of Brighton, said: “Dancing not only appears to increase positive emotions and reduce negative emotions, which are typical effects of exercise, but we have also found that dancing reduces also feelings of fatigue.

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A new study has found that people who take contemporary dance, street and swing dance classes burn more calories than if they had to run, swim or cycle during the same time.

“People might be familiar with runners’ highs and there also seems to be a similar effect after dancing.

“We have seen that dancing improves your emotional state.

“Plus, it seems to have an energizing effect. Add in the known benefits of social interaction that you get from dancing and it becomes a powerful way to improve your health and well-being.

To arrive at their conclusions, Dr Smeeton, his colleague Dr Gary Brickley and a team of researchers from the university’s Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences analyzed a group of students aged 24 to 38. .

The 15 dancers from the City Academy in London participated in a series of dance classes, in which researchers measured heart rate, distance traveled, energy expended and psychological states.

They participated in 30-minute sessions of ballet, ballroom dance, contemporary dance, salsa, street and swing.

Every jump, twist, spine curve, chest pop and bend were analyzed.

The dancers each wore a catapult vest with accelerometers and heart rate monitors, which also tracked their energy expenditure.

After each dance class, participants were asked to assess their psychological state of mind using a questionnaire measuring emotions.

Scientists said they were surprised to find that participants in contemporary dance, street and swing dance classes burned more calories than they would while running, biking or swimming during the same. period.

During the 30-minute class, swing dancers burned an average of 293 calories, compared to 264 for running, 258 for soccer, and 249 for swimming.

To ensure accurate and comparable data, the researchers took into account the weight, age and general physical condition of each dancer.

Heart rate monitors tracked the intensity of exercise in all six dance disciplines, with researchers scrutinizing the dancers’ results.

During the 30-minute class, the swing dancers burned an average of 293 calories, compared to 264 for running, 258 for soccer, and 249 for swimming.

During the 30-minute class, the swing dancers burned an average of 293 calories, compared to 264 for running, 258 for soccer, and 249 for swimming.

They measured the heartbeats from high and severe to moderate and low intensity.

Their results revealed that all six dance styles involved periods of time spent in heart rate zones classified as “high intensity and severe exercise.”

Dr Smeeton said he was “particularly surprised” to find that ballet, which is often seen as a light to light intensity style, involved moments of severe intensity exercise throughout the session.

The study also found results on the distance covered during the 30-minute classes.

Those in the street dance class covered the most ground, with a distance equivalent to that of a runner running 3.6 km.

The dancers in the contemporary and ballet classes covered 1.6 km and 1.2 km, respectively, with results comparable to running on a treadmill for 10 minutes.

Shawna Cope, Head of Dance at City Academy, said: “This research provides fascinating insight into the various health and wellness benefits of dance.

“Overall, we know dancing is a fun, long-lasting way to stay in shape and, most importantly, that it’s accessible to everyone.”


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