DANCING, the ultimate HIIT?

  • Neon_Dreams

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    Feb 16, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    So guys, do you think dancing everyday is an effective and healthy way to maximize one's metabolism?

    I personally LOVE cardio! For years I have run daily, but I think I actually like dancing much more. Lately I have been dancing in my room at home. I listen to a varied dance/mellow station I created so the pace is fast/slow typically.

    Would this qualify as HIIT?

    Do you guys like dancing as much as I do?

    Do you always drink when you dance?

    Just curious... Hope to get a lot of replies! icon_biggrin.gif


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    Feb 16, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    Dancing, more particularly actual dancing like hip hop, jazz, and ballet, are a great form of exercises.

    Many NFL players take ballet lessions because it strengthens them, increases flexibility, and reduces their chances of injury.

    I would do it if I didnt suck at it so much haha!
  • Timbales

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    Feb 16, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    if you dance in a matter that creates the intervals on high intensity followed by lower intenstiy, why not? Do what works and what's fun for you.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Feb 16, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    I am also interested in Belly Dancing. Looks like fun, but not too many men are into it.... Hmm.



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    Feb 18, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    I like the Just Dance series on Wii! Some of the moves are tough and I find myself puffing at the end.
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    Feb 18, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
    It makes sense. If you really want to know for sure, get a heart rate monitor.
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    Feb 19, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    yes, Dancing, for days at a time icon_razz.gif



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    Feb 19, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    To answer one of your questions, no, I almost never, ever drink when I dance, because I really love dancing just for the pure enjoyment of it. And I always wonder why some guys need to be under the influence in order to dance... Shyness, I suppose. icon_confused.gif

    Dancing is definitely great cardio; I don't know if it qualifies as HIIT, unless the music is specifically programmed so you have those peaks and valleys. I wish it is though, as it's probably my favorite form of exercise.

    I prefer to do it in a group setting, however -- I really miss those aerobic classes of my youth. icon_sad.gif

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    Feb 19, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    Yes, dancing burns calories. But I can't dance sober, so I'm not sure how healthy it is.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Feb 19, 2013 4:35 AM GMT
    Im more of the stand against the wall and drink while you wiggle your ass on my crotch guy.
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    Feb 19, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    MidwesternKid saidIm more of the stand against the wall and drink while you wiggle your ass on my crotch guy.


    is that an invitation icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 19, 2013 4:49 AM GMT
    Do swing dancing. Great cardio, fun stuff.
  • Danskerb

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    Feb 19, 2013 6:02 AM GMT
    There is a woman at my gym, who started over a year ago, comes to the gym, and just DANCES, she'll grab an elastic, and dance with that, she might pick up a weight and dance with that, or just move around dancing, the entire time.

    She's lost over a hundred pounds doing this, and its just such an amazing thing to see this woman dancing her weight away.

    At the same time, she gets in the way very often.... but shes also entertaining to watch while I'm doing my cardio.
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    Feb 20, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    Dancing is awesome! It's also a good workout depending on what kind of dancing you do and for how long. A 5 minute dance rehearsal wouldn't do much. 20 minutes non-stop can have great effects (cardio-wise)
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    Feb 20, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    Being a dancer, I'd say that it is unlikely that you'll reach the level of intensity dancing that you will doing full out, balls to the walls sprints.

    For HIIT to be effective, the high-intensity intervals are intended to be performed at your absolute maximum capability - and unless you are dancing like a lunatic, I don't see it.
  • JackDoyle

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    Feb 20, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    I hate dancing!! I'm so awkward icon_sad.gif the only time I dance in the club is when I'm hammered drunk
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    Feb 20, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    JackDoyle saidI hate dancing!! I'm so awkward icon_sad.gif the only time I dance in the club is when I'm hammered drunk


    Practice makes perfect..well not perfect but it makes you a lot better! Everyone can learn if you just practice doing it. Kinda like riding a bike.
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    Feb 21, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    joecoolnv saidI am also interested in Belly Dancing. Looks like fun, but not too many men are into it.... Hmm.



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    I took a class once, against my wishes, some girls in my yoga class asked me to try it, did it, felt hella awkward, the instructor asked if I wanted to keep coming because apparently she could "pimp me out at parties because girls are into it." Yeah, I'm not a piece of meat you can just toss aroundm I have feelings too!
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    Mar 02, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    I've been dancing for years, ever since I was small I was put in some form or fashion of dance. Started with gymnastics, loved floor, but then I moved on to ballet, which really and I mean REALLY toned up my lower body. If you want lean, strong, beautiful legs and a booty. Ballet dancers are the way to go.

    I've started taking other dance classes at my local gym like zumba and body jam, and must say i'm loving it. I'm looking into pole dancing, the artistic kind of dance, not the ones where you make dollar bills in your undies.

    I absolutely hate the treadmills because if I do it for long period of time my knees start to pop. icon_neutral.gif

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  • Neon_Dreams

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    Mar 11, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    Thanks for all your comments, guys!!!

    I am going to dance my way into better fitness as we get close to summer...

    Summer bod!


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    Mar 12, 2013 2:53 AM GMT

    It works for Nana....
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    Mar 12, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
    Dancing better constitutes an example of steady state cardio, albeit with a higher probability of getting laid, embarrassed, or both.