Richard Simmons is a fitness instructor who inspires others to lose weight through diet and exercise. His workouts have stood the test of time, and fitness enthusiasts have purchased records, tapes and DVDs to follow his workouts. Although the workouts are varied, Simmons uses aerobic dancing as the basis for most of his exercise sessions to increase your heart rate and burn calories.
Dance the Night Away
Simmons' workout collection contains dance-based workouts such as "Sweatin' to the Oldies" and "Dance Your Pants Off." According to the Harvard Health Publications, dancing burns a high number of calories. Simmons' videos use aerobic dancing as the activity, so you can use the number of calories burned by dancing at various intensity levels to estimate the calories burned during your workout. If you weigh 155 pounds, you burn approximately 205 calories with 30 minutes with disco dancing. When you increase your exercise intensity to include faster dance moves such as the twist, you burn approximately 223 calories in a half hour. As your fitness and endurance improve, increase your workout time to burn a larger number of calories.
If your workout goals are strength-training, which is an important component of fitness, Simmons has a video for you. According to the American Council on Exercise, a 160-pound person burns approximately 261 calories in 30 minutes of weight training. If you weigh 180 pounds, expect to burn 294 calories. The more you weigh, the more calories you burn, as it takes greater effort and energy to move more body mass.
A Walk a Day
If your favorite type of exercise is walking and you want to do it under the instruction of Simmons, he has a walking-workout CD. Walking is a cardiovascular exercise to improve your overall health and burn calories to help with weight loss. According to ACE, a 160-pound person burns approximately 261 calories while walking for 30 minutes. A 180-pound person burns approximately 291 calories. A walking pace is generally between 4 and 5 mph. The faster you walk, the more calories you burn.
The third component of fitness is flexibility. Stretching workouts improve your joint range of motion, reduce your risk of injuries and decrease your muscle soreness. A Simmons' stretching video does not burn as many calories as an aerobic or strength-training workout. However, you do burn more calories than sitting quietly, which is equal to 45 calories if you weigh 160 pounds and sit for 30 minutes. The same person who stretches for 30 minutes burns approximately 95 calories.
- Harvard Health Publications: Calories Burned in 30 Minutes of Leisure and Routine Activities
- richardsimmons.com: About Richard
- The 90/10 Weight-Loss Plan: A Scientifically Designed Balance of Healthy...; Joy Bauer
- American Council on Exercise: Calorie Burners: Activities That Turn up the Heat
- Glamour.com: Health Calculators
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