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Microbreaks and Stretching

The human body does not perform optimally when maintaining static postures for prolonged periods of time.  Integrating 30 second microbreaks into your work practice every 20-30 minutes will help reduce static postures and/or repetitive movements.

Microbreaks are quick breaks that provide a change for your body to rest and recover.  Microbreaks can include:

  1. Stand up to take a phone call or read a paper
  2. Look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds after 20 minutes of computer work
  3. Close your eyes for 30 seconds

Stretches can help relieve tension built up in your muscles.  See the demonstrations on the Stretch Break software for examples.*

* While these are types of stretches recommended for workplace health, check with your personal physician to make sure a stretching routine is right for you, especially if you have any injuries or pre-existing conditions.

Computer Aids

It is easy to lose track of time when working on a computer.  Break programs are designed to remind you to take a break and stretch.

We recommend Work Rave for PCs and Time Out for Macs. These are both free downloads - Please contact the help desk for assistance installing the software.

We also recommend the following SLAC-produced stretch videos:

 


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