Take a Break for Your Health

August 7, 2014

Winnie Zhang
Systems Staff

Whether you’re studying for an exam or writing a ten page paper on information security, most of us spend the majority of our days sitting down and staring at the laptop in front of us. You’re so busy, especially during the final exam week, that hours have gone by and you have not moved a muscle. Working diligently is good but sitting down for a long period of time can reduce your efficiency and increase your stress level. Physically, sitting for long hours can cause strained neck, sore shoulders and back, inflexible spine, and more severely, it can increase your chance of heart disease and colon cancer! So, how can you incorporate walking into your busy schedule? Here are some recommendations:

  • Try a new restaurant that is a little farther away from your class
  • Take a walking break instead of a coffee break
  • If you drive to school, try to park a little further from your class
  • Bring a walking buddy for your daily walk so you can motivate each other
  • Not studying but watching TV? Take a walk during commercial break!

It is recommended that you take a break from your chair every 60 minutes by standing up, stretching, or walking. There are numerous free pedometer apps out there that record your steps and help you set your daily walking goal. The recommended amount of walking by health experts is 10,000 steps per day (roughly 5 miles).  Now, 10,000 steps can sound out of reach at the moment, but you can start with 1,000 steps and work your way up to 10,000 steps. So, the next time you get a brain cramp from that lousy question that you’ve been stuck on for an hour, take a quick walk outside to refresh your brain.