Belly-dancing: A good exercise for weight loss?

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Belly-dancing: A good exercise for weight loss?

Question

My friend wants me to sign up for a belly-dancing class with her. Is belly-dancing a good exercise for weight loss?

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Answer

Belly-dancing and other types of dance can be good exercises for weight loss. In fact, you can burn as many calories belly-dancing as you can walking, swimming or riding a bike. As with any physical activity, however, the weight-loss benefits of belly-dancing depend on several factors — including the frequency and length of your workouts and your exertion level.

If weight loss is a priority, choose a belly-dancing teacher who keeps you moving continuously throughout the class. You'll get the most benefit from belly-dancing classes that involve traveling steps. Bottom line: The more you move, the more calories you'll burn.

Of course, an overall fitness program includes more than aerobic activity. Strength training, stretching and core exercises — such as abdominal crunches — also are important.

Last Updated: 2008-12-10
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