Physical Inactivity, COVID-19, and the Future of Global Health. Is Dancing the Solution?

Dan Tao, Yang Gao*, Feifei Li, Wei Liang, Jiao Jiao, Wendy Yajun Huang, Rashmi Supriya, Julien Baker

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this paper is to stimulate debate and raise awareness of the increased physical inactivity problems during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper initially outlines the detrimental effects of inadequate physical activity and suggests reasons for the decreases observed during the pandemic. Further to this, the paper then examines the potential benefits of dance as an alternative/addition to participation in physical activity. Also, the paper discusses the beneficial effects of dance on physiological and psychological parameters and implications for health benefits and social engagement. We hope that the contents of this paper will invigorate individuals and physical activity providers, to consider dance as a viable alternative/addition to traditional physical activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-9
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Physical Activity Research
Issue number1
Early online date15 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • dance
  • physical inactivity
  • psychological benefits
  • physiological benefits
  • global perspectives


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