If you’ve ever experienced back pain, leg numbness, or general fatigue from sitting in your office chair for hours on end, then you’ve witnessed firsthand how your body physically protests against inactivity. Movement is just as nourishing and vital to our total wellness as food is, but for many people in today’s workplace, frequent physical activity is not a part of the workday.
Fortunately, it actually doesn’t take much movement to make a big difference. Researchers at Cornell University have found that taking a one to two minute “micro-break” every 20 to 30 minutes may improve your work performance, increase your body comfort level while sitting, and reduce joint and muscle injury. Whether you just have 60 seconds to spare or can take a solid ten minute break, here are some tips on how to sprinkle physical activity throughout your workday: