Want to Boost Your Productivity? Get Up and Dance

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If you’ve been looking for ways to jumpstart your work day, a morning run may not always be that appealing. This is especially true when the weather is bad or you just don’t feel moved to emerge from that super-comfy pile of covers. If you’ve become tired of your routine, it might be time to check out the morning dance party scene. Professionals across the country are getting up at the crack of dawn to participate in dance meet-ups before heading to work.

One organization encouraging people to dance first thing in the morning is Daybreakers, which was founded by Matt Brimer and Radha Agrawal in New York City. Events usually begin around 6:00 a.m. and tickets start at about $25. There are now locations all over the world, including Amsterdam, Istanbul, and Paris. United States-based locations include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Miami.

Here’s how putting a hurtin’ on the dance floor can make you more productive at work.

1. Sharper thinking

If you’ve been experiencing a bit of brain fog at work, shaking your groove thing can help clear all that up. Studies have found that dancing can improve cognition as well as fine motor skills. So if you work at a job that requires focusing on a task for extended periods of time, dancing may be just what the doctor ordered. A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine also found dancing can reduce one’s chance of developing dementia. Reading, playing board games, and playing musical instruments were also found to help sharpen the mind.

2. Increased energy

Are you looking for some energy to get through the work day? If you’ve resorted to mixing energy drinks with your coffee, it’s time to make a change. Dancing before work can give you a much healthier energy boost. Consequently, you’ll be alert and ready to take on the projects that await you. Besides, it’s kind of hard to type when your hand is shaking uncontrollably from caffeine-induced jitters.

3. Elevated mood

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Are you often in a surly mood before you even get to work? Dancing may help change that. Before you know it, you’ll be the happiest person in the office. In fact, you’ll be so chipper it will start to get annoying.

“[Dancing] has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and boost self-esteem, body image, coping ability, and overall sense of well-being, with the benefits lasting over time,” say Berkley Wellness researchers.

4. Fewer sick days

Being out of the office on a sick day can put projects behind schedule. It’s hard to be productive when you’re sick or when team members are out because of their own illnesses. Luckily, the exercise you get from dancing is also an immune booster. According to the National Institutes of Health, physical activity can help rid the body of bacteria in the lungs and airways. In addition, the elevation in body temperature during and following exercise could prevent bacteria from growing, which can assist the body with fighting off infections.

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