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July 31, 2008

Dancing – substitute for exercise?

Filed under: Personal — Cris @ 18:06
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Realize I talked about dancing a few days back. I just am back from a few wild minutes of dancing to Jaane Tu songs. And I am as good as a, mm… err, as a chocolate doughnut that lost its chocolate. In one word, tired.

This is not really a post. I just want expert opinion. Is dancing a good substitute for exercise? I mean there is a lot of movement and exertion and that’s what exercise is all about hah? There is jumping too. So does it qualify? Can I not worry about waking up at 6 and getting a yoga-mat (as soon as I buy one) if I dance for, like, say 30 minutes a day? Not just any dance. Dance with lots of jumping around. Help everybody, please let me know! It’s very urgently important. This is to help save the homo sapien cult not lose a very significantly prominent member to the Elephantidae!



  1. I’m no expert, but Yesyes, dancing is good exercise. And its loads more fun than stretching on a mat at 6am.

    Comment by Philip — July 31, 2008 @ 18:59 | Reply

  2. aahaa… a fitness question! 🙂

    well dear, dancing is quite a good form of cardio (short for cardiovascular) exercises, and can help burn fat quite well. But (oh, this word comes everywhere) you need to make sure, that you do it atleast for 30 mins. For the average human body, it takes 20 mins to exhaust the readily available energy supplies, and start burning fat for energy. So, each minute you spend after 20 counts to your fat burn – dance for 45 mins, and you shall be good 🙂

    Another one that you can try, is skipping ropes – you’ll enjoy it, and burns fat too. Skip in the morning, and dance in the evening 🙂

    Have two (just two) glucose biscuits 15 mins before you start, and have light sips of sweet n salt lemon juice when ever you feel your mouth dry – these will help you have a supply of bloodglucose to power your exercise well – else you’ll feel sluggish.

    Munch around a carrot or two, drink couple of glasses of black tea around the day – these two contain natural antioxidants that can take care of those free radicals released during your ‘workout’.

    And, don’t forget to consult me 😉

    Comment by Reia Organa — July 31, 2008 @ 19:39 | Reply

  3. lol I guess just denying salvation to all those little Chocky’s will do the job 😛

    Comment by Dhanya — July 31, 2008 @ 23:18 | Reply

  4. i just found your blog… I’m from NY- U.S.A. I recently traveled through kerala- I drove a rickshaw about half way across the country, and anyway seeing as you’re from kerala brought back some good memories… I’ll keep an eye on the blog- im especially interested in more experiences of Indian Cinema. As for the dancing- If you sweat you’re working out– of course in India, in the summer, you sweat sitting on a couch so that theory may be flawed.

    Comment by 365 sentences — July 31, 2008 @ 23:50 | Reply

  5. Hi Chrissy,
    Abso-luuuuutely! Dancing is a great form of exercise. It certainly worked for me a coupla years back. But nw, I’m just too lazy. As long as your dancing includes a lot of movement all over u’r body, u r on your way to slimdom.
    I did the whole hip shaking,twisting thing some years back(even though I looked like a bag of potaoes trying to wriggle into a slim fit jeans) but it did wonders for my shape.i may be fat nw, but I still have curves. So, go ahead, Do your thang,girl. Dance away. Sweat that extra lbs out.

    P.S. Drink lotsa water


    Comment by M.Rose — August 1, 2008 @ 01:58 | Reply

  6. Two un-related posts! One talking abt giving salvations to chocolates and another about dancing. Aparently dissimilar .. or … are they? 🙂

    On a serious note, I believe that the best choice to cut down the flab is to increase ur activities … dancing, fighting, walking, talking (to chocolates for example), running, stalking, trekking, eating, sleeping … whatever u enjoy 🙂 Anything else u do just for the sake of slimming down, is too difficult to do consistantly

    Comment by sandeep — August 1, 2008 @ 14:09 | Reply

  7. I am worried as i dont have to worry about these :(( Any one suggest an opposite way. To get into Elephantidae group! Errr..not upto Elephantidae, I’l stop in between…

    Crissie, i heard somewhere that , if exercises are done wrongly that may lead to wrong shapes. I dont know whether it applies to dancing!

    Comment by Srijith — August 2, 2008 @ 08:56 | Reply

  8. If it’s to reduce weight, any regular physical activity with good eating habits will do. (My problem is that excited after any physical activity, I treat myself to a lot of food. 🙂 Thankfully, my weight is normal so far.) If you need to strengthen or tone down a particular body part, you may need specifc exercises. My two-penny worth comment – not an expert opinion. 🙂

    Comment by Bindhu — August 2, 2008 @ 19:17 | Reply

  9. @Philip, I agree, about the fun-part. But thats obvious 😀

    @Reia, unfortunately I didnt have glucose biscuits both times I took to dancing afterwards. And will black coffee be just as good? I have a particular aversion towards tea.By the way thank you! That was some good advice. I will consult you now n then 😀

    @Dhanya, point taken 😀 Next time I am blog-sharing all Chockys!

    @365 sentences, thanks for visiting! Hope you take more fun trips to India. You actually used a rickshaw for half the country?! Amazing!

    @M.Rose, thanks girl! I am on my way to slimdom! Why dont you join me? Lets shake those potatoes away!

    @sandeep, I agree too well. Unfortunately I have experience with trying yoga and failing miserably. So any alternative would be really appreciated!

    @Srijith, how I wish I had your problem! If there was only some way we could exhange our slimdom and fatness with each other!

    @Bindhu, yes that was an expert-opinion. Any activity hmm. I have a habit of moving to and fro all the time, sitting and standing. Maybe I should be more vigorous with that! And I dont know how much 2 pennies are worth, but that must mean a lot!

    Comment by Cris — August 2, 2008 @ 21:16 | Reply

  10. @cris: yes, black coffee too gives you the benefit of antioxidants.

    Comment by Reia Organa — August 3, 2008 @ 20:34 | Reply

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