These are guaranteed to work up a serious sweat.
Take a look at ballerinas or any famous dancer and it becomes clear—dance is no joke!
And when you take elements of dance and mix them in with fat-burning fitness moves (think squats, jumping jacks and other compound exercises), you’ve got a serious sweat session on your hands.
In fact, dance cardio might just be the ultimate workout. Let’s see why:
TURNING JUMPING JACK How to: Stand with your feet a few inches apart and arms at your sides. Then, simultaneously raise your arms out to the sides and over your head, spin your body 180 degrees, and jump your feet out so they're slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Without pausing, quickly reverse the movement. Repeat to your right and return to start.
SKI RUNS How to: Stand with your feet a few inches apart and arms at your sides. Then, simultaneously jump your left foot forward and right foot backward, and raise your hands above your head. Without pausing, quickly alternate the movement with your right foot forward and left foot backward. That’s one rep. Keep jumping quickly, alternating back and forth.
BACK STEP AND KNEE RAISE How to: Stand with your feet a few inches apart and arms at your sides. Bend at the hips and place your left hand on your left knee as your reach back with your right arm. Simultaneously, extend your right leg behind you and tap the ground with your toe. Quickly return to starting position. Without pausing, raise your left knee, jump, and raise your hands above your head in one fluid motion.
SQUAT THRUST How to: Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides, your core strongly braced. Gently drop down into a low squat position, placing your hands on the floor for support. Using the strength of your core combined with your arms, hop both legs backward, landing in a pushup position. Pause for one second, then in one swift motion, tuck your knees into your tummy and hop your feet up towards your hands, landing in the low squat position. Return to the standing (not too fast or you will get dizzy!), then immediately drop back down into a low squat to repeat the movement.
JUMP KNEE TUCKS How to: Begin by standing with your feet together and hands on your hips. Drop down into a half squat. Immediately, explode up into a high jump, bringing your knees up to your chest in a tuck. At the same time, bring your hands out in front of you at hip height, almost like a finish line for your knees. It’s a big movement that requires a great deal of effort, so jump with all your might! Land softly and immediately drop back into the half squat, before exploding upward again.
HIGH-KNEE JACK How to: Stand with your feet a few inches apart and arms at your sides. Then, in one swift motion, raise your arms out to the sides then over your head. At the same time, jump your feet out so they are more than shoulder-width apart (a bit wider than a standard jumping jack). Without pausing, quickly reverse the movement. Repeat to your right and return to start.
How is that for a sweat!!?? OMG You gotta totally love it!!
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