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How Many Calories Are Burned in One Hour of Jazzercise?

by
author image Daniel Rhodes
Based in North Wales, U.K., Daniel Rhodes has been writing since 2006. He has worked in education, using extreme/outdoor sports to treat behavioral difficulties in young people, and his articles have appeared in "Tudno Sport" and "Inside Welsh Sport." Rhodes has a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Bangor University.
How Many Calories Are Burned in One Hour of Jazzercise?
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Dancing is a relatively cheap and effective method for burning calories, as well as a way to meet new people and socialize with friends. Jazzercise combines jazz music and dancing with aerobic exercise to create an enjoyable physical activity.

Calorie Equation

How Many Calories Are Burned in One Hour of Jazzercise?
Women prepare to start their Jazzercise class. Photo Credit Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images

The calories you burn with Jazzercise are calculated using a number of different factors. Your starting weight has a major impact, as does the specific move and the length of time you spend on any one move. The Harvard Medical School and NutriStrategy separate the calculations according to three separate weight categories.

Calories Burned

If you weigh 155 pounds and spend 60 minutes doing Jazzercise, then you will burn 422 calories. If you weigh 185 pounds, you'll burn 490 calories every hour. If you weigh 205 pounds, over the same time period, you'll burn 558 calories. This is the equivalent calorie loss ratio as spending an hour playing a non-competitive game of basketball.

Other Types of Dancing

Using 155 pounds as the standard weight, Jazzercise will help you burn more calories than dances like the fox trot or the waltz, which will burn 224 calories per hour. Disco and ballroom dancing will help you burn 410 calories every hour. It's only ballet or "the twist" that burn more calories: an hour session of either will help you burn 446 calories.

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