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Old 07-13-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Dancing for 5 minutes VS Walking for an hour ?

I tried dancing for 5 minutes and I sweated a lot !
Walking doesn't consume as much energy as dancing, but I walked for an hour so I sweated a lot,too !
So does that mean dancing for 5 minutes is the equivalent to walking for an hour ? Because if so, I could just turn on a song and dance instead of having to walk for an hour !

 
Old 07-13-2012, 10:00 PM   #2
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Re: Dancing for 5 minutes VS Walking for an hour ?

It depends what your fitness goals are, and it also depends how hard you are dancing.

I doubt 5 minutes of dancing could, say, burn as many calories as a full hour of walking, but maybe 10 minutes of very energetic dancing could.

 
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:58 AM   #3
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Re: Dancing for 5 minutes VS Walking for an hour ?

Thanks for the reply. My goal is simply to lose weight and get thinner
It's weird, because I sweated more after 5 minutes of dancing than 1 hour of walking

 
Old 07-18-2012, 04:59 PM   #4
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Re: Dancing for 5 minutes VS Walking for an hour ?

Caloric expenditure of 5 min of dancing is not equivalent to 1 hour of walking. You will burn more calories by walking for 1 hour (around 400 cal). Sweating during the 5 min of dancing indicates that you are reaching higher intensity level than during walking which is usually considered low to moderate intensity (depending on speed). If your goal is to lose weight, I would advise you to find activity that you enjoy and perform it for 60-90 min/day on most days of the week at low to moderate intensity. You can accumulate 10 min bouts of exercise throughout the day too. Let's say 1 hour of walking and 3 bouts of 10 min dancing routines. Hope this helps.

 
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Re: Dancing for 5 minutes VS Walking for an hour ?

Thank you so much for the info ! I get it now

 
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Re: Dancing for 5 minutes VS Walking for an hour ?

If your primary intent is weight loss, changing your diet is key. Exercise is necessary to maintain your weight and is so good for your health, esp. walking. I like to dance sometimes, but rarely ever miss my daily walk.

For weight loss you need to reduce your intake of sugars, fat, salt, white flour products and you'll see results.

 
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