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|Created:||Monday, December 3, 2012|
|Members:||Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 00:00 eastern (850 days ago)|
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|Details:||Sitting Can Be Hazardous to Your Health:|
A recent New York Times article backs up what we suggested a week ago, that sitting at a desk for most of the day can be hazardous to your health, even for very active people. We posted an article recently about how people who work on a computer or sit at a desk all day should take frequent breaks. There is free software available that can help remind you to take breaks, such as WorkRave.org for Windows & Linux, and Time-Out for Mac.
Software like these can be configured to remind you to stand up and take a break as often as you like. Since they can tell whether you are working versus the computer being idle, they work better than a clock timer. We recommend at least an 8 minute standing break for every 45 minutes of work, and we configured WorkRave to do just that. Most software also suggest a "micro break" of 10 to 60 seconds after each 10 minutes of work, but since an alarm that frequently can be difficult at a busy workplace, we disabled the "micro break" alarms. It can seem annoying at first to have software alert you to stop what you are doing once an hour (as much as 8 times each work day), but we felt less stressed and less tired at the end of each day after 1 week of use.
Everyone can do great work when stressed, but a body and mind that are relaxed can get produce more overall productivity than when stressed. It is good to see a lot of recent news articles confirm these beliefs.