Aerobic dance usually burns more calories than walking.
In most cases, you'll burn more calories performing aerobic dance than walking on a treadmill. Intensity matters, however, and a vigorous power walk will torch more calories than a moderate dance session. Regardless of calorie burning, both activities provide a cardio workout to help build endurance and strengthen your heart and respiratory system. The exercise will also boost your mood and may even extend your life, according to MayoClinic.com.
Calorie-burning activities like walking and dancing are important for weight management, as any calories you consume but don't use for energy are stored as fat. Conversely, burning more calories than you eat leads to weight loss, and exercise can help you achieve this. You must create a deficit of about 3,500 calories before you'll lose a pound, and reducing calories will help you reach your goals much faster than exercise alone. To cut calories healthfully, limit portion sizes and swap junk food and processed fare for fresh vegetables and fruits along with other lean, low-sugar foods.
Walking and Calories
The faster you walk on the treadmill, the more calories you'll burn. In 30 minutes, a 155-pound person burns about 149 calories at 3.5 mph, 167 calories at 4 mph and 186 calories at 4.5 mph. Racewalking, which entails walking as fast as you can go without breaking into a run, the same person burns 242 calories in 30 minutes. To up your calorie burn without adding speed, raise the incline on your treadmill; a 155-pound person burns about 223 calories in 30 minutes of hiking.
Aerobic Dancing and Calories
In an average low-impact aerobic dance class, a 155-pound person burns 205 calories in 30 minutes, which is the same number burned in a casual disco-dancing session. Performing high-impact aerobic dancing, the same person burns about 260 calories in 30 minutes, slightly more than racewalking. High-impact step aerobics, which often involves dancing, is the clear winner, burning about 372 calories in half an hour.
Consistency is the key to successful calorie burning, so whichever activity you choose, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of cardio five days per week. Before aerobic dancing, fast walking or uphill walking, warm up for five to 10 minutes with light activity such as walking at 3 mph on flat ground. Include stretching in your workout if you wish to increase flexibility, but warm up first or stretch at the end of your workout. If you're inactive now, consult your physician before starting a new exercise program.