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Human history proves that communal movement to the beat (even done virtually) is a great form of fitness

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In recent years, there has been a fad for taking cues from our early ancestors to improve our health today. We know that we didn’t evolve for our current sedentary lifestyles, and we understand the ways our bodies were optimized for endurance exercise like long-distance running. But one under-discussed element of our fitness evolution is the hours-long dance party.


In the endless search for a low-effort, high-results workout, it comes pretty close

A group of young people dancing together in a studio
A group of young people dancing together in a studio
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The trouble with exercise is that it’s easy to avoid. Only 23% of American adults meet the federal recommendations for two hours and 30 minutes of weekly aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises. The reasons are plentiful, mostly involving motivation and time. And herein lies the beauty of dance.


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