Stronger bones, improved posture, better mental health, enhanced cv fitness…the list of street dance benefits goes on. But for many people, the big attraction of workouts like Street Fit® is the promise of shedding weight. In this post we’re going to focus on weight loss: how many calories you can burn, how many pounds you can lose and why fast-paced dancing is the best way (in our opinion) to achieve your weight loss goals.
Burning Calories: the Numbers
Researching the calorie-burning potential of dancing can leave you with all sorts of figures. Depending on the source you visited, you might come back with anything from 150 to 650 calories an hour; why the big difference?
For a start, some statistics will differentiate between recreational dancing and dance fitness, whereas others will lump them in together. Needless to say, light ballroom dancing isn’t a patch on Street Fit® in the weight loss stakes, so you can safely raise your calorie-burn expectations to at least 250 calories per hour. In fact, the constant working out of the heavy lower-body muscles pushes Street Fit® well into the high-intensity aerobic workout category.
The next major determining factor to consider is your current weight, which makes a huge difference in the number of calories burned in an hour. Looking at the statistics on statisticbrain.com, a person weighing 130 pounds and participating in high-impact aerobics will lose an average of 413 calories an hour, whereas a person weighing 50 pounds more will be burning 572 calories an hour.
This too is only part of the picture, since there are other factors that cause these figures to vary per person, including:
- Gender (men burn more calories than women of the same size – sorry girls)
- Age (younger people tend to burn calories faster)
- Cardio-vascular fitness (will improve the more you workout, improving your fat burn)
- Lean muscle mass (more muscle means more calorie-burn, hence the gender difference; this also will increase in time as you build more muscle)
From Calories to Pounds
Once you’ve found out how many calories you will be burning in a session, you will still need to convert that into weight loss. To help you work this out, you will need to be metabolising 3,500 calories a week more than you are taking in to lose one pound of weight. If you do decide to cut down on calorific intake though, you need to be sensible and ensure you are still getting a nutritionally balanced diet.
The Icing on the Cake
The great thing about Street Fit® dance is that weight loss comes with a special added bonus – muscle definition. At the same time as you are burning off those pounds, you will be building muscle mass in all those areas that will make you the envy of your colleagues and friends. Unlike the artificial bulk that results from heavy resistance training, the ultimate Hip Hop Workout® will leave you looking naturally toned and in great shape.
StreetFit® is one of the few CPD, REPs Certified workouts around. Awarded the highest grade, level 4 for a full body active workout.
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