Taking five-minute breaks--whether you sit at a desk, do heavy construction work, or anything in between--can have several benefits. Short breaks can help increase your concentration, alertness, and work speed. They can help lower stress and your risk for on-the-job accidents, soreness, musculoskeletal disorders, and eyestrain. Short breaks are also linked to having a smaller waistline, lower body mass index (BMI), and lower triglyceride levels. Below are examples of some activities you can do in five minutes or less to benefit from rest breaks.
Take several short breaks throughout the day (about every hour). Make sure they include some movement.
If you watch television throughout the day, get up for increments of 5 minutes every hour.
Take a short walk away from your workstation.
Stand up and stretch or walk in place at your desk without looking at your computer monitor.
Get out of your chair whenever you take phone calls at your desk.
Change positions at your workstation or while seated.