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Dance-Based Fitness

Dance-based fitness is back and here to stay. Whether you want to stretch it out in a ballet barre class, pump it up with a Latin-inspired Zumba class, or exercise with jazzercise, dancing is an excellent way to get the physical activity you need.

Taking a class, dancing at home, or busting a move at your next party can be a great way to get in some cardiovascular aerobic exercise. Often, dance classes will offer modifications to make movements low-impact. Following choreography works the brain as well as the body, and upbeat music can also boost mood.

Below are some examples of dance-based fitness styles. Do you have any that you want to add to the list? Have you tried any of these styles? Let us know in the comment section.

  • Zumba®
  • Caribbean reggae
  • African dancing
  • Chinese dancing class
  • Israeli dancing
  • Bollywood
  • Ballroom
  • Ballet and barre
  • Jazz and jazzercise
  • Tap
  • Modern
  • Pole dancing

Take a look back at our first blog post on physical activity to review the benefits, recommendations, and role that physical activity plays in cancer prevention.

Some cancer centers offer movement and dance based classes for cancer survivors. Check with you local support groups and community for opportunities in your area.

Be sure to speak with your physician and heath care team before starting any new exercise regimen or making changes to your current routine.


Stephanie Forsythe MS, RDN, CNSC, CDN

Stephanie Forsythe MS, RDN, CNSC, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who works as a Clinical Dietitian and Nutrition Coordinator at a hospital in Brooklyn. She helps patients meet their nutritional needs during their stay in the intensive care units. Aside from developing recipe and blog content for Savor Health, Stephanie also has worked as pastry cook in California and New York City. Stephanie received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Science in Nutrition Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She completed a Dietetic Internship and training through Teachers College.

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