Just Dance - How to Use It for Weight Loss

Burn mega calories in your living room with a fun video game

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Need a fun workout to lose weight? Looking for a creative way to motivate your kids to exercise?  Check out Just Dance.  The best-selling video dance game is available for a wide variety of platforms (such as Wii, Playstation and Xbox).  You can use the game to dance in your living room, burn enough calories to lose weight at home, compete with friends, and inspire your teens to get moving.

What Is Just Dance? 

It's rare for a fitness or weight loss expert to recommend a video game.

But Just Dance is different. This uplifting game turns physical activity into a fun competitive event. You burn calories, increase muscle tone, and improve flexibility without feeling like you're exercising. There's no boredom and you're constantly moving so the workout is over before you feel like you want to quit.

The game is also easy to use. You simply choose your favorite song, grab a game controller and follow the dancer on the screen to learn dance moves. Dance solo or grab a friend (and another controller) to compete.  Your dance score depends on how well you follow the dance routine. If you're trying to lose weight, this game element is critical. The more you repeat dance moves, the more calories you burn.

You can also compete with dancers who are not with you. Just Dance allows you to compete with friends and family members at various locations. As long as your buddies have the Just Dance game and controller, they can play, compete and burn calories with you.

 

The total cost of Just Dance depends on the platform that you use. For example, a Playstation version of the game may cost more than a Wii version of the game. Current games generally cost $50 or less. Older game versions and used versions of the game are available online for less money. You also need to use a motion control sensor to track your movement.

But smartphone users can download a free smartphone app so that the game can follow your dance moves during play. ​

Just Dance Songs

It doesn't matter what kind of popular music you enjoy. Just Dance songs cover all the bases. The games and app are constantly updated to provide current pop music selections. You'll also find Just Dance songs and products developed for your kids. There are several Just Dance Kids and Just Dance Disney Party versions available for younger audiences.

If your favorite song is not available you can request a song through the game's website.  That way your Just Dance tracklist is always customized with music that keeps you motivated to learn new moves, burn more calories and reach your weight loss goal.

How to Use Just Dance for Weight Loss

You can burn up to 200 calories in 40 minutes if you dance for weight loss. But if you're serious about losing weight, you'll need to do more than just play the game occasionally. Just Dance needs to be used on a regular basis or it needs to be included in a complete program of exercise for weight loss.

 

  • Just Dance (only) for weight loss.  Use the game at least 3-4 times per week for 20-30 minutes each session. If you are new to exercise, take it easy and use the game three times each week for 20 minutes and gradually increase your endurance. If you are using the game solo, try to connect with others online to stay motivated and keep yourself accountable. Better yet, if you have kids at home, ask them to help. Playing Just Dance together is a great way to model healthy behavior, help your kids maintain a healthy weight and change your body at the same time.  For best results, be sure that you do a few simple flexibility exercises at the end of each session.
  • Just Dance combined with other activities.  The best way to use Just Dance for weight loss may be to combine it with other forms of exercise.  For example, you can do a walking workout on Mondays and Wednesdays and then do a 30-minute Just Dance session on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. When you combine different types of exercise for weight loss, you work different parts of your body and increase the number of total calories burned. You can even add a home strength workout to build lean muscle and shape your arms, legs and abs.

Of course, you don't need a video game to burn calories while you dance.  In fact, just dancing in your living room (or any room!) can be a great way to burn calories and blast away fat. So if the weather outside is too cold or if you're simply bored with your regular routine, grab your kids, put on some music and dance yourself to faster weight loss goals.  

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