Today I want to answer the popular question “is dancing a good form of exercise?” As a dance instructor, I believe I have authority to answer this.
Not matter what you do, it’s always important to stretch before any kind of physical exertion. When it comes to dancing, to get the most amount of exercise the style of dancing needs to have more physical exertion. If you do slow dancing to classical music for instance, then you won’t get much exercise as walking. But if you are in a heavy metal mosh-pit then yes the amount of physical exertion will be great and in turn your exercise will be sufficient.
But there isn’t any kind of dancing that is good for body building. Though you may get cardio from dancing to country music at a rodeo, you will not get stronger from it. You will get more fit if you dance often.
If you want to use dancing as a form of exercise I recommend that you do it at least 3 times a week because dancing alone will not be enough for the average person to get the amount of exercise they need unless they do it often. And you should dance at a steady pace to increase your heart rate for at least 30 minutes each session.
Dancing here and there for 10 minutes at a time is no better than walking to the grocery store. Professional dancers are very fit because they do it almost every day for long periods of time.
I forgot to mention this in a previous post but another reason I dream of having my own backyard ballroom is so I can dance every morning and get the exercise I need. If you do it every morning, then it should be a good workout for the kind of fitness most people require.
I hope this information answered your question!