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This is your reminder to add breaks throughout your day. Step away from your work for a minute and move your body — you will return more awake, focused and productive.
Being active is not limited to finding time for a run or the gym. You can incorporate beneficial physical movements into your routine in many ways, one of which is remembering to take breaks throughout your day. Breaks are essential to a balanced workday, whether you are working or studying, at the office or home.
Not only are you at risk for ergonomic injuries when you sit at a desk for too long, but pushing yourself to keep going might not be as effective as you think.1 Breaks are good for your mental well-being, alleviating fatigue, resetting your focus and improving your performance.23
A review of various studies noted that the ideal break length depends on the task.4 For example, repetitive tasks and certain creative projects greatly benefitted from breaks that were 10 minutes or less, while cognitively demanding tasks required longer breaks to improve performance. Regardless, a short break is better than no break, whether it's three minutes between tasks or 15 minutes between meetings. Make the most of your break time, and your performance may benefit.
The next time you need to take a quick break, choose movement rather than picking up your phone. Here are some quick fitness tips for your short breaks.
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