We’ve all experienced the inconvenience of a computer crash at work, but the body is the one machine you can’t do without. When you spend work days at a desk, some muscles and joints work over-time while others languish. Backs, necks, shoulders, and upper extremities are common sore spots for deskbound workers. If you don’t want them to go on strike, you’d better make a move — literally. Taking mini-movement breaks throughout the day (ideally five minutes out of every 30 to 60 minutes at your desk) can energize you and ease common office ailments.
Simply getting up and walking around for several minutes can do wonders, releasing spinal compression and revving up circulation. Dr. Traci Galinsky and other researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that not only did workers who took more frequent breaks feel better, they accomplished the same amount in a standard work day as those who took less time out. It can also help to shift your sitting posture regularly to avoid the muscular fatigue and tension that comes with maintaining a static position.