If you struggle to maintain a consistent fitness routine, perhaps you just need to pick activities that get you working up a sweat without feeling like you’re working out. Dance workouts are a perfect choice, with their upbeat music and energetic moves.

“Music is a great way to naturally stimulate movement, and the addition of an engaging, motivating workout leader can keep you going long after you might have stopped walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike,” says Caroline Grainger, a Dallas-based International Sports Sciences Association–certified personal trainer at Fitness Online Personal Trainers.

The type of workout you get may depend on the style of dance. However, dance workouts typically boost your cardiovascular fitness, “and many will also be good for strength and mobility, especially if they involve lots of jumping and side-to-side movement,” Grainger notes.

If dance workouts form the bulk of your exercise routine, Grainger recommends doing them at least four days per week for the best results. Just be sure you’re also getting two days of full-body strength training, as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines (PDF).


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