Dance or Gym?

If you hate going to the gym but still want to lose weight, take a closer look at dance lessons…

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According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Brighton in England, 30 minute dance classes burn more calories than running and swimming. On top of that, in addition to physical benefits, dance improves people’s psychological state as well.

Dr Nick Smeeton, from the University of Brighton, said: ‘Dance not only appears to increase positive and reduce negative emotions, which are typical effects of exercise, but we also found that dancing actually reduced feelings of fatigue too.’ The study was conducted with a group of students between ages 24 and 38.  The 15 dancers from London’s City Academy, took part in a series of dance classes, during which, researchers measured heart rate, distance covered, energy expended and psychological states. They took part in 30-minute sessions of ballet, ballroom, contemporary, salsa, street and swing dance.

Overall, dance is fun and a sustainable way to keep fit and it’s accessible to everyone! Let’s dance and be fit!