April 3, 2012
Sometimes you just want to dance. Right?
The Swedes think so. In a new trend that started in Stockholm and is now spreading to other countries across Europe, Swedish workers are spending their one-hour lunch breaks dancing at Lunch Beat, the AP reported.
Yes, instead of spending their lunch hours sitting in a restaurant or running errands, the Swedes are heading to these monthly events where they dance away to club music under disco lights.
While it may look like a club, there is no alcohol (only sandwiches so you won't go back to work hungry) and there are rules.
"The first rule of Lunch Beat is that you have to dance," Daniel Odelstad, organizer of Lunch Beat Stockholm, told the AP. "If you don't want to dance during your lunch hour, then you should eat your lunch somewhere else."
Seeing how popular this trend is, workers seem to be happy to leave their desks and dance — even if they do leave sweaty. The extra movement they're getting during the day definitely contributes to workplace wellness, improving overall health and productivity while reducing stress. Research has shown that exercising during work hours may increase productivity. So as Lady Gaga says, just dance.
Do you hope to see Lunch Beat spread to American cities? Would you attend?
By the American Council on Exercise