When I sit back and ponder northern Europe as I often do, Robyn, dragon tattoos, and Elin Nordegren come to mind. But after reading this latest little tidbit out of Sweden, dance parties will surely dominate my Nordic daydreams going forward. Word on the Internets is that instead of lunch breaks, Swedes are taking dance breaks. While most of us Americans eat our six-inch Subway sandwiches in front of our computers, the Swedes take an hour to shake their grove thing in the middle of the day.
Lunch Beat, as it's called, has been around since 2010 and its popularity is only growing. The founders say their aim is to encourage workers to embody "playfulness, participation, and community." After peeps blow off some steam and get their dance on for 60 minutes, they're supposedly more energized and enthusiastic when they get back to work.
Everybody dance now!
This idea is right up my alley. What a fun, healthy way to break up the day.
I'm just as guilty as the next American -- today my lunch break consisted of taking about 25 steps to a local sandwich joint, walking 25 steps back to my office, and sitting at my desk and eating. I scarfed down about 500 calories while I searched for statement necklaces. Point is, I was only on my feet for about 10 minutes. Pretty disgusting, and pretty much the reason why most of us are going to die from sitting too much.
The Swedes are trailblazers. They meet up and dance their faces off for about an hour, grab a sandwich on their way out, and are probably more productive once they're back in their desk chairs. If an hour of dancing burns about 300-400 calories, everyone at Lunch Beat is going to have a six-pack in no time.
It's genius, it's inspired, and it makes me want to kick off these heels and jam to "Hang With Me."
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some dancing, and some signature gathering, to do. This petition to make Lunch Beat mandatory isn't going to spread the word on itself.
What do you think of taking a dance break?
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