Researchers say 15 students between the ages of 24 to 38 participated in a series of dance classes and scientists measured their heart rate, distance covered, energy expended and psychological states.
Dancers wore catapult vests with accelerometers and heart rate monitors that tracked energy expenditure.
Researchers say after each class, participants were asked to rate their psychological state of mind using a questionnaire.
According to the study, scientists discovered that participants in the contemporary, street and swing dances burned more calories than they would have in a comparative time period running, swimming or cycling.
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