3 Calorie-Burning Dance Workouts

Face it: The treadmill isn't exactly a thrill ride. My recommendation? Just dance!
by The Knot

Sign Up for a Class

Many gyms offer group fitness classes in lots of different formats, from Zumba to hip-hop and striptease. Dancing in a group setting can motivate you to work harder because, hey, people can see you. If you're a beginner, don't worry -- you'll probably be one of several first-timers in the class. You'll be amazed at what you can learn after a few sessions.

Average burn for a one-hour group fitness class:

700 calories

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Hit the Clubs

Make date night dance night -- instead of dinner and a movie, try dinner and dancing. Have a weekly night out with the girls. You can even have a drink or two if you must, just avoid sugar and drink moderately. Burn up the dance floor on and off for a few hours and you'll work up a beautiful sweat.

Average burn for one hour of fast dancing:

300 calories (minus any alcohol intake)

Take Formal Dance Lessons

You and your fiance will be dancing at your wedding -- all the more reason to take ballroom dancing lessons. Not only will you learn how to wow your reception guests, it'll make for a nice date night activity. Take private lessons or learn as a group with other couples. Most sessions last about an hour. Try taking lessons a couple times a week.

Average burn for one hour of traditional ballroom dancing:

200 calories

Doug Rice

We teamed up with certified personal trainer Doug Rice to design a fitness boot camp exclusively for brides! Doug has helped thousands of brides get the results they need to look and feel amazing on their wedding day. Learn more about Doug and the Bridalicious® Boot Camp by The Knot DVD at TheKnot.com/bootcampdvd. Follow Doug on Twitter (@bridalicious) and Facebook (Facebook.com/bridaliciousbootcamp).

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