Dance aerobics is generally a high-energy workout that aims to improve your cardiovascular endurance. Workouts are typically set to fast-paced music that determine the pace and rhythm of your movements. This approach to exercise helps optimize the amount of calories you burn by keeping your heart rate elevated throughout a session. Dance aerobics is therefore ideal if you are trying to lose weight and tone muscles. The various stepping and jumping movements can be enhanced by incorporating a stepper into your routine, and you can hold light dumbbells to make your arms and shoulder work harder.

Aerobic dance requires you to memorize a number of steps. Your instructor may start a workout with one simple movement and add more and more movements to the sequence as the workout progresses. This type of mental training can help you improve your cognitive skills.  Dance can also help improve the memory of Alzheimer's patients. The fast pace of dance aerobics forces you to quickly adapt to sequence changes and remember new steps. In this sense, dance aerobics keeps you on your toes, both physically and mentally.