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4 Kinds of Dance Cardio

- Posted in Health & Wellness Tips


Simply put, dance cardio is utilizing different types of dance to exercise your body. The term “cardio” means working to achieve a target heart rate, increasing metabolic rate, burning calories, and improving stamina. It can be difficult to stick to the same old boring workout routine, so mixing it up with some dancing just makes sense. It’s also a lot of fun and sets a great example for children. There are many types of dance cardio programs to choose from, so you can change your routine as often as you want to.

Zumba Dancing

One dance cardio option that is currently extremely popular is Zumba dancing. Zumba uses Latin and hip hop dance influences to create a dance workout that is fun and effective. Zumba classes are easy to find and BeFIT offers three classes a week. You can also find Zumba cardio dance DVDs to use in the privacy of your own home. Either way, the combination of fast and slow dance movements will work your body in an aerobic routine that is nothing but beneficial.

Bollywood dancing

Bollywood dancing is a commercial name for modern Indian dancing. It’s a combination of classical Indian dance (which is the base), folk dancing such as Bhangra and sometimes has a Latino and Arabic influence. It’s fun and very expressive and there’s a lot of deep meaning behind music in the films. You can actually express what the music means, through the graceful movements of the body.

Hula Hoop Dancing

You may not have touched one since you were 10, but the humble hula hoop is a bona fide piece of workout equipment that can tone your thighs, abdominals, gluteals, and arms. And it’s just as much fun as you remember. This type of workout is so much fun that you barely feel like you’re working out.


For optimum calorie burning you can try the many forms of salsa dancing, too. Salsa is fun and exciting and reaps as many great benefits as other forms of cardio dance. Salsa is a great type of cardio dance that requires a partner, so you can invite a friend to go dancing with you.