When Men and Women Dance, Women Work Harder
Their hearts beat faster
(HealthDayNews) -- Maybe you've watched the old Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire movies and marveled how Ginger not only did everything Fred did, but she did it in high heels and backwards.
Well, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, she was also getting a better cardiovascular workout than Astaire along the way.
In a study of competitive ballroom dancers, both men and women were working within 80 percent of their maximum oxygen consumption. In modern dance, the men recorded a heart rate of 170 beats per minute, while the women were going 173 beats every minute.
In Latin American dancing, men's hearts were coasting at 168 beats per minutes while the women were recording 177 beats per minute.