How to burn 100 calories with music: Dance away !

Burning 100 calories sounds good, right?

Burning them to your favorite music sounds even better, right?

You can burn 100 calories in a surprising number of ways. And we mean really surprising. Like the 40 minutes it takes you to chop your vegetables and prepare your dinner. Twenty-five minutes to scrub your bathroom. Thirty-five minutes to vacuum your rugs. The best ways to burn calories can be activities you do around the house.

But what if in a moment of pure abandon, or planned spontaneity, you just started dancing? Alongside the Sharks and the Jets on a DVD of “West Side Story.” In tandem with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John singing “You’re the One that I Want” in the movie “Grease.” To your favorite oldies or Top 40 station. Or to a playlist you’ve made of your perfect songs to work out to. More about your playlist in a moment.

Just 20 minutes of moderately paced dancing is all it takes to burn 100 calories.

Dancing is so much fun it hardly feels like exercising. But when you’re done, you’ll know you’ve had a workout.

You don’t have to be especially coordinated, and if you’re dancing alone, no one’s watching anyway. All you need to do is move, and you can make up your own moves as you’re burning calories.

Whether you’re dancing, walking on a treadmill or working your arms and legs on an elliptical, you’ll have the most fun and burn more calories by choosing songs you can groove to. Really get into their rhythm and tempo.

And here’s another surprise. You can get just as many benefits out of a slower or sadder song. Just let your body go with the flow of the music. A great example is Stevie Wonder’s ethereal “Heaven is 10 Zillion Light Years Away.” It’s amazing what you can do with this song’s meaning.

Many ‘recommended workout song’ playlists will direct you to newer hits, and that’s okay if that’s what you love listening to. But don’t overlook older tunes. Try a medley of favorite country or classic rock and folk tunes. Mix up your rockabilly songs with your ballads to help vary your pace. Be creative and make an eclectic compilation playlist. You’ll love the way one song seques to an unlikely successor, which will challenge you to adapt your moves. Any way you do it is going to make for a workout that will burn calories and leave you feeling so good.

Here are some of our suggestions for a playlist that plays with you:


“I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters

“This Could Be, an Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston

“The Golden Age” by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour


“Oh Yeah” by Yello

“Low Rider” by War


“On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson

“Gentle on My Mind” by Glen Campbell

“Get Rhythm” by Johnny Cash


Anything by Bob Marley and The Wailers


“Bodhisattva” by Steely Dan

“Kodachrome” by Paul Simon

Classic Rock:

“Twist and Shout” by the Beatles

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