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If you want to lose weight or simply stay in shape, but going to the gym or for a run in the park is not your cup of tea, then you might want to try something a bit more fun and entertaining – dancing.

Dance started out as a form of art since the beginning of times. It was often used to express feelings, tell complex stories and, sometimes, even as a ritual, but nowadays, dancing has become a form of socialization and even a workout routine. Craig Revel Horwood, the famous dancer, choreographer and Strictly Come Dancing judge explains that one hour of dancing can help you burn up to 400 calories.  Wondering which are the most suited dance styles for losing weight?

#1 Freestyle

As the name calls it, freestyle is a type of dance that allows you to set your body free and enjoy dancing without focusing on memorizing complicated steps. Because it is not at all restrictive, it is the easiest type of dance, suited for all ages. All you need is a playlist that contains fast-beat music, so it can energize you and keep you going for at least 30 minutes.

Freestyle can be done either at home, by yourself, or with a group of friends who are into high-tempo music. If you start doing so for at least 30 minutes a day, you will start seeing results in no time.

#2 Hip-Hop

What started out as an urban form of dance, often performed on the streets, or in nightclubs, hip-hop dancing is now one of the most popular forms of losing weight. Most of the action happens around the hips and waist area, so it is a great way to lose those few extra centimeters and get those rippling abs that you desire.

Choreographer Craig Revel Horwood advises to do at least 30 minutes of hip-hop dancing, three times a week, to start seeing results. You can just simply look online for some simple routines and, after a while, start building up your own.

#3 Belly Dancing

Belly dancing is not only benefic for weight-losing, but can also be used as a way to improve your flexibility and explore your femininity. This form of dancing focuses more on the torso and hips, thus helping you burn fat in your abs area and hips. It helps strengthen your muscles and bone density, as well as burn calories. In fact, an hour of belly dancing can help you burn around 300 calories. All you have to do is find a class near you, or look online for routines.  

#4 Zumba

Zumba has turned out to be quite the trend right now. It combines multiple styles of dancing, such as salsa, merengue and hip hop and makes for a fun and efficient cardio routine. You can find Zumba classes in most gyms, with various levels of difficulty. Famous dancer Craig Revel Horwood recommends that, for any type of dancing, you should start learning some basic moves before moving on to more complex and demanding routines.  

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