I am very aware that I have no rhythm. Despite that fact (and much to my husband’s chagrin) I still love to dance. I dance at weddings, concerts, in my living room, and even in the car. My motivation for being a self-proclaimed dancing queen is that it’s fun – but it doesn’t hurt that dancing also burns a ton of calories. According to Health.com, 30 minutes of dancing burns 221 calories (which would vary based on the individual, of course). I believe it too – just look at how much weight the contestants on Dancing With the Stars lose. To be a dancing queen, you’ve got to have the right music that gets you fired up. There’s no better music to bust out a move to than that made by my guiltiest of guilty pleasures: boy bands.
My love of boy bands is very deep-rooted. As a child I was obsessed with New Kids on the Block (I was a Joey girl). In fact (at the tender age of 10-years-old) NKOTB was my very first concert. My appreciation for squeaky clean boys who performed choreographed dance moves while singing brilliant harmonies continued through grade school on in to college. I’m not ashamed to admit that I saw Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync in concert between the summer of my junior and senior years of college. To this day my heart beats a little faster when Quit Playing Games With My Heart or I Want You Back comes on the radio (and that results in some serious car dancing).
I recently conducted a little experiment in the privacy of my own basement to find out which boy band gets me the most pumped and results in the biggest calorie burn. To measure how many calories were burned during each song I relied on my trusty old Polar Heart Rate monitor. I selected eight different songs from eight different boy bands (ranging from NKOTB to One Direction) and put on my dancing shoes. Even though I am a little more partial to certain boy bands over others, I made sure to keep my dancing completely unbiased and consistent.
The results are shown below from lowest to highest calorie burn (based on average heart rate). Each band/song is listed followed by the length of time (of the song), total calories burned and average heart rate. (more…)
*N Sync is back, but unfortunately, this time around there are strings attached. When Lance Bass posted an Instagram photo of himself and former ‘syncers Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick at a Justin Timberlake concert, someone, somewhere on the Internet typed “reunion,” and the social media rumor mill began churning. Given the fact that JT will be accepting the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at Sunday night’s MTV VMAs—which have already been shrouded in mystery—we’re saying there’s a chance.
Since anybody under the age of 35 holds a special place in their hearts for JT’s backup singers—they were our British Invasion after all—we decided to find out if and how the Grammy winners were staying in shape. No longer able to rely on youthful metabolism and free from the pressure of sex symbol status—just kidding, JT—it would be understandable if the group of 30 somethings had let themselves go. (more…)
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival wrapped its first weekend and all the desert dwellers are packed up and drowsily headed back to real life until the bash kicks off again this weekend. The 12th reincarnation of the festival features a diverse group of artists The eclectic mix of performers include Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2 Chainz, and a reunited Postal Service.
Held in Indio, California, the festival spans six days over two consecutive weekends, each headlined by identical acts. Coachella has developed a psychedelic reputation, with a variety of substances being passed around in the desert sun. There were no serious health concerns during the first weekend, and the fans will be back in droves when the festival resumes this Friday.
For those who can’t make it to the festival, we’ve compiled a groovy sampler of some of our favorite Coachella bands. Download and plug into this playlist at the gym or on your run. (more…)