Many. Many, many, many calories. Just like any other aerobic exercise, you only get out of it as much as you put into it. At Dancing Through Life, we encourage you to put your all into Salsa dancing. The quick steps and the gyrating hip movements of Salsa help people burn calories and look good while doing it. There are many types of dance that help people get in shape, but few of them are as effective as Salsa dancing.
The amount of calories Salsa helps burn depends on your weight, your commitment, and your instructor.
According to Oprah’s website, Salsa dancing can help people burn calories at a rate of 393 calories per hour on average. FitnessBlender.Com shows that Salsa dancing can actually burn up to “405 per 60 minutes for someone weighing 140, or around 480 for a 180 lb person.”The rate of calories burned per hour really depends on the commitment of the dancer.
Weight, muscle mass, gender, and intensity all affect how many calories can be burned in an hour. Salsa requires balanced, quick movements that raise heart-rate and engage many types of muscles. If you want to tone your obliques and and your legs while burning a maximum amount of calories, Salsa dancing is the perfect dance step.
How Salsa Burns Calories
The main Salsa dance step requires dancers to swing their hips from left to right, forcing dancers to maintain tight abs throughout the Salsa dance step. This engages the core while toning leg muscles simultaneously. Since the dance centers around mastering a hip role, the sides of the abs, or the obliques, get more toning than in many other exercises and dance types.
The quick steps of Salsa dancing, in combination with the hip movements, causes muscles to work hard. This quickly increases heart rate to create a cardio workout that burns calories and improves heart health. As with any type of dance or exercise, it is essential to check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for physical activity.