What 5 Minutes Outside Can Do for Your Dancing

March 31, 2015

If you’re feeling cooped up in the studio—maybe tensions are running high between you and your partner, or your brained is fried from learning lightning-fast choreography—and you have a five-minute break, take it outside. Why? “Getting some fresh air” is more than just a saying. It actually works. 


According to a study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, a five-minute timeout outside can boost your self-esteem and lighten your mood. Those are two characteristics both you and your fellow dancers will appreciate. 


Here’s how to make the most of your breaks:

1. Take it easy and enjoy the views. Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you have to be exercising. Researchers in South Korea found that just spending time looking at nature activated parts of the brain responsible for reducing stress and recalling pleasant memories.


2. If you’re in an urban area, try slipping away to a park or a garden. Nature scenes like forests and mountains are also soothing.


3. Ditch your smartphone so you can truly unplug. 


4. Aim for three or four outdoor breaks daily. You deserve it!