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Coronavirus Social Distancing: Why Dancing Is Good for Your Body and Mind

Time to pretend like your home is a 1980s exercise video

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As you find yourself avoiding public spaces during the coronavirus pandemic, you’re probably wondering how to stay in shape while spending all of your time inside your home. It’s important to get your blood pumping, but it’s also good to check in with your mental health. Luckily, there is a way to burn some calories and stimulate your mind: dance.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that people may experience stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. As a way to cope, the CDC recommends taking care of your body by stretching, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet.

It might be tempting to just make your favorite comfort foods and lounge on the couch, so a great way to keep your heart rate up is by busting a move, which can burn up to 330 calories an hour.

If you’re still not convinced, just know that dancing is so beneficial that it has even been used to treat people with neurological diseases. The act of coordinating movement to music stimulates motor function and the brain’s reward centers — a la mind and body.

So where do you even start? First things first: turn on your favorite playlist or the most popular song from the year you were born. Once you have your go-to jams queued up, break out some of your favorite dance moves, or try some crowd favorites like “Macarena” or “Cotton Eye Joe.” It doesn’t have to be pretty. Remember, you’re doing this all in the privacy of your own home. In fact, having a family dance party is one thing every parent should do in their lifetime.

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