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Work It Girl: Take a Break, or Two, or Three . . .

If you find that you sit at a desk for hours upon hours without any breaks you should really think about allowing yourself a few breaks throughout the day. New research has found that the number of breaks from sedentary activity positively correlates with lower waist circumference, lower triglycerides, and lower 2-plasma glucose (aka blood sugar) scores.

No, I'm not trying to get you fired from your job by telling you to take three or four lunch breaks. They don't have to be anything too crazy or take up too much time, a break could be as simple and light in intensity as standing and stretching. Trust me, I know it's easy to get caught up in work but a few small breaks could do wonders for your health — and your sanity.


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Get up and go talk to a coworker for a few minutes and your next task will seem a lot easier.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
At work, I drink two liters of water, coffee in the morning, and tea after lunch, so I have to pee ALL day. This is a two story building so EVERY time I go pee, I go downstairs. It gets my heart pumping and I feel rejuvinated from the walk up the stairs. I also stretch alot. I do the half moon yoga pose.
Frenched Frenched 9 years
I've been taking more breaks for the past few weeks and I have to stay it has definitely helped my stamina/concentration at work! I've stopped drinking so much coffee and started opting for early morning brisk walks and it pumps my heart up, it gets my circulation going and it wakes me up like nothing else! Getting up is definitely a MUST and should be encouraged more.
backnskinnyjeans backnskinnyjeans 9 years
When you're a pro blogger, the breaks are necessary to help prevent Blogger
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I actually talked to my boss about this...I asked if I could take my hour lunch in 4 15 minute segments so I can move around a little bit during the day. And guess what? She thought that was fine. It definitely helps me feel more alert at work.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I always get up and walk around if I've been sitting for two long.
Feesje Feesje 9 years
Haha, this post comes just at the right time. It's essay-week for me, so I sit behind my desk all day long. Today I tried some stretching and leg exercises, and that works wonders!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I work from home, and I take mini breaks to put the laundry in the washer or just tidy up the kitchen. It kills 2 birds with one stone!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I think Ima forward this post to my manager.
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