Why Taking Breaks and Moving at Work is Essential for Your Health

May 3, 2023 /in /by Trace Associates

One of the most common health and safety tips is the importance of taking frequent breaks and moving throughout the workday. This is especially important for those of us who work at a desk or computer for long periods of time.

Sitting for prolonged periods of time has been linked to a variety of health issues, including back pain, poor posture, increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, and even mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Taking frequent breaks and moving around can help reduce these negative effects.

Here are some of the benefits of taking breaks and moving at work:

  1. Reduces muscle tension and improves circulation: When you sit for a long time, your muscles can become tense and blood flow to your legs can be reduced. Taking breaks and moving around can help reduce muscle tension and improve circulation, which can help prevent a variety of health issues.
  2. Boosts energy and productivity: Taking regular breaks can help boost your energy levels and improve productivity. When you take a break and move around, you give your brain a chance to rest and recharge, which can help you feel more focused and productive when you return to your work.
  3. Improves mood and reduces stress: Moving around can also help improve your mood and reduce stress. Exercise releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones that can help boost your mood and reduce stress levels. Additionally, taking a break and doing something you enjoy, such as taking a walk or listening to music, can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

Here are some tips for incorporating breaks and movement into your workday:

  1. Take a 5 to 10-minute break for every hour of work: Stand up, stretch, and move around during your break.
  2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or get up and walk to your colleague’s office rather than sending an instant message. This is a simple way to add more movement into your day.
  3. Use a standing desk or adjustable desk converter.
  4. Do desk exercises or stretches throughout the day: There are many simple exercises and stretches you can do at your desk to reduce muscle tension and improve circulation.
  5. Consider having walking meetings: Incorporate physical movement by suggesting walking meetings indoors or outdoors for a change of scenery, fresh air, and increased creativity during discussions.

In conclusion, taking frequent breaks and moving throughout the workday is essential for your health and productivity.


Brett Mulholland