Move Yourself to Dance & Aerobics: The Smarter Way to Stay Fit

Let’s not argue about what is right or what is wrong; or what should be done and what should be avoided. Let’s come straight to the point: plus-size individuals feel conscious and awkward while exercising. Most tend to have complexes when it comes to exercising in public or private.

But despite your inhibitions about exercise, there are ways in which you can stay fit and healthy!

Dance and Aerobics

Yes, they can be an alternative to exercises that give you the desired effect. Let’s focus on them one at a time:


It is the easiest way to exercise. It is fun, carefree and does not require you to have any special skills. Just crank up the music at any time of the day and get moving. Do this for as long as you want and by the end of the session, you will have burned a few hundreds of calories.

What dance form will you opt for?

Rochelle Rice, the author of Real Fitness for Real Women: A Unique Workout Program for the Plus-Size Woman says, “Either try a few things to see what feels right for your body and abilities, or try some of the curvier dance classes, like African, Bollywood, or belly dancing. In Bollywood especially, the movement is slow and centered on the pelvis and the arms, providing a nice way to connect with the body.”

Real Fitness for Real Women

Belly-dancing is also ideal for plus-size women because the moves are gentle. They isolate and build muscles but do not put much pressure on the joints and feet.

So, if you are really interested, you can start learning one specific type. Join dance classes or purchase DVDs.

Don’t forget to wear the right outfit. For example, a sports bra will give the ideal support while you gyrate to the music.


Aerobics is also one option that you can consider. Before joining the class, be aware of the class description. You will have to know about the difficulty and impact level of the class so that you can join the class that is appropriate for your fitness level.

Here are some aerobics options for you

  • Low impact aerobics: the smarter option for plus-size participants. You will have to move at a slower pace…just the kind of movement you need to shed off the excess calories.

  • Step aerobics: the impact level is a bit higher but is still a suitable option for you. Opt for this if you are ready for more challenges. A woman of 200 pounds can shed 672 calories doing an hour of this form of aerobics.

  • Water Aerobics: this form of aerobics uses

    “water weights to provide added resistance as you do each exercise. With either activity, you can enhance muscular strength and cardiovascular efficiency”.
Aerobics will not only make you feel better about yourself, but also maintain your blood pressure level, help you lose weight, better your mood and even help you to manage type 2 diabetes.

So, which form of activity is more exciting?

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