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Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Take a Break

Take a break

Taking five-minute breaks--whether you sit at a desk, do heavy construction work, or anything in between--can have several benefits. Short breaks can help increase your concentration, alertness, and work speed. They can help lower stress and your risk for on-the-job accidents, soreness, musculoskeletal disorders, and eyestrain. Short breaks are also linked to having a smaller waistline, lower body mass index (BMI), and lower triglyceride levels. Below are examples of some activities you can do in five minutes or less to benefit from rest breaks.

  • Take several short breaks throughout the day (about every hour). Make sure they include some movement.
  • Take a short walk away from your workstation.
  • Stand up and stretch or walk in place at your desk without looking at your computer monitor.
  • Get out of your chair whenever you take phone calls at your desk.
  • Change positions at your workstation.
  • Have a drink of water or a light snack.

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