Throw on a cowboy hat – the latest way to lose weight has gone a little country. People have started using line dancing as a way to lose weight. According to a line dance instructor, Autumn Calabrese, only 30 minutes of this workout can burn 300 calories on average. She also says “You can have different goals and still use the program. It could be for weight loss toning, just getting back into fitness or getting into fitness if you’ve never worked out before. But it can also be for the person who really likes cardio and just looking for something new and fun to do.” This kind of exercise will push your limits so bring water and make sure the air conditioning contractor is on-call, just in case!” For anyone looking to add a new fitness routine may want to try line dancing, especially fans of Zumba.
If you haven’t heard of it or don’t know much about it, line dancing is a form of dance that takes place with a group of people. Everyone lines up in rows and execute the same movements in a synchronized manner. Everyone dances alone, side by side, facing the same direction in lines or rows. Each dance consists of a sequence of steps that are repeated throughout the song. However, a variety of music may be used, although the two most common styles of music used are country-and-western music.
If you are looking to start, there are lessons online. There are free videos on YouTube but if you’re looking for a more intense workout you can get lessons on disc. Line dancing is one of the most fun dances out there because you can do it anywhere, and you don’t need a partner! Line dancing steps can vary greatly as there are a million of combinations that you can learn. For starters, try to start with easier moves then work your way up. An easier dance to start with is the cupid shuffle, it starts with 8 counts of side steps to the right, with the last step being a touch (no weight change). Then repeat the same 8 counts to the left. Then you do 8 counts of “heel steps” in place. Lastly, you do 8 counts of stepping in place to turn 1/4 to the left. Just keep trying dances like the “Cupid shuffle” and you’ll be on your way to being an expert.
Some recommend slowing down the music while dancing, it doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or an expert, someone being taught or a teacher, there are serious benefits to slowing down the music while you dance so you can nail out the dance by understanding the song at a slower rate. It really does help.
Line dancing lessons are offered in country bars, fitness clubs and community centers across the country – you can even learn how to line dance in the comfort of your own home by watching videos online. And you don’t have to worry about going hard in the gym in your older age, because line dancing is a great alternative. Just give line dancing a try, you won’t regret it!