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Calories Burned During Salsa Dancing

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Alexis Jenkins writes to motivate others in areas of health including nutrition, fitness training and improving lifestyle choices. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in health science from Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Calories Burned During Salsa Dancing
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If your daily treadmill run is getting boring, consider picking up Latin dancing, such as Salsa. Salsa is an upbeat dance style that targets the hips and glutes. Salsa dancing can help you burn extra calories and improve cardiovascular fitness.

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Calories Burned from Dancing

According to, in one hour of dancing, a 100lb dancer will burn 264 calories, a 150lb dancer will burn 396 calories, a 175lb dancer will burn 462 calories and a 200lb dancer will burn 528 calories.


The number of calories you burn during one hour of salsa dancing will vary depending on your level of intensity, your weight and gender. Most importantly, your duration of continuous dancing will also vary your caloric expenditure; longer bouts of dancing with shorter breaks will burn more calories than long breaks and shorter dance periods.

Health Benefits

Salsa dancing provides a number of health benefits, such as improving cardiovascular fitness and endurance as well as strength, balance, coordination and muscle toning, according to FitDay.

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