Inspiration to work out can often be found in the most unlikely places. Especially on dreary Tuesdays like today, when we’re all still struggling to shake off the hangover of the weekend that was, while simultaneously looking forward to the next one. For instance, Bollywood is an excellent source of fitness inspiration.

If you’ve enjoyed those pre-sangeet dance practices, or even taken a dance aerobics class, you’ll know what we’re talking about. And if you haven’t, read on to find out why dancing like your favourite Bollywood star will also translate into a great workout.

It may look like Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan are just having fun dancing, but we guarantee you that your body will be screaming for mercy by the end of that song, should you try to copy their moves. A dance orkout has many benefits, including physical, psychological and social, so maybe it’s time you gave it a whirl.

Dance Your Way to Happiness

The simple act of dancing has been proven to significantly increase your body’s production of endorphins, the ‘happiness hormone’, more so than any other form of activity. Ever wonder why everyone seems to be deliriously happy whenever they dance? Well, now you have an answer. Dancing also helps reduce the level of cortisol, which is commonly referred to as the stress hormone. That’s right, dancing can help manage stress and make you objectively happier at the same time. And when it comes to dancing, can you think of a dance form that’s more filled with joy than our very own Bollywood style?

It Burns Fat Real Fast

As long as you’re doing it right, an intense bhangra session can see you lose up to 500 calories in a single hour! To put that in perspective for you, swimming – which many people consider the ultimate in cardio workouts – burns about 600 calories per hour on average. With such a minimal difference, is it any wonder then that so many people are queueing up for bhangra exercise sessions across the world? Is it really exercise if it’s this much fun to do?

It’s a Full-Body Workout

Bhangra, which is the base for so many of our dance styles which feature in movies, spares no body part an intense workout. It’s not just the core muscles and your limbs we’re talking about – just think of all the jumping involved in a full bhangra routine. It’s not just a few hip thrusts here and there when you’re doing bhangra, which would explain why you’ve probably never seen Amitabh Bhachchan or Salman Khan attempt the dance.

Still sceptical? Try It Yourself

This is just a basic bhangra workout, but it should be enough to give you an idea of just how difficult, yet fun, this form of exercise can be.

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