Posted by: yoga librarian | November 19, 2009

A Wellness Microbreak

Many of us spend long hours at our desks – at the computer. I find that remembering to take regular breaks to stretch and change position  makes me feel a lot better at the end of the day.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses has created a series of exercises you can do at your desk in just 1-2 minutes.  The pamphlet includes exercises for eyes, neck, back, shoulders, hands and wrists. You can also do some of the exercises while stopped in traffic on a long commute.

Download A Wellness Microbreak

TIP: Rather than emailing or phoning someone in a nearby cubicle, get up and walk to their desk. It’s good exercise for you and a good way to build stronger relationships with co-workers.

P.S. While you are taking that MicroBreak, drink a glass of water to help you remain well-hydrated. (Tea, coffe, and cola drinks don’t count. They are diuretics and pull water out of the system.)

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  1. Good idea! I’m glad you added the tip about drinking more water. It’s so critical in the winter. I know that my house can be as dry as the sahara so I make the extra effort to drink 6 glasses a day. 🙂

    • Cathy – I just found interesting new research from Oregon State about the link between absolute humidity and influenza survival and transmission.

      Higher absolute humidity keeps us healthier. “In general, the study found that there were more infections when it was colder and drier.”

      http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2009/Feb09/influenza.html


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