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:
- Stand up to take a phone call or read a paper
- Look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds after 20 minutes
of computer work
- 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
check with your personal physician to make sure a stretching routine is right for you,
you have any injuries or pre-existing conditions.
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: