Health Benefits of Belly Dance- Weight Loss

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According to Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, M.D., belly dance can burn up to 300 calories per hour.  This estimate will vary, of course, depending on the intensity of your dancing.  combined with a healthy diet that involves sensible eating, belly dance can without a doubt be a part of a sound weight loss program.

Many dance classes take place only once or twice a week.  For even better results and enhanced cardiovascular benefits try combining the flexibility and muscle strenthening of belly dance with an aerobic routine, such as zumba or shimmy fit onthe days you don’t have dance class.  Your entire body will feel the benefits as the aerobic exercise works large muscle groups, and the dance enhances strength and coordination of small muscle groups in the trunk, hips, and arms.  Also, many exercise physiologists recommend doing just such a routine: alternating one form or exercise with another, for maximum benefits.