Ep. 107 – Take Exercise Breaks While Working

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Good morning and welcome to Episode 107 of The Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. Every Monday we produce a 30-minute episode. Tuesday through Sunday we produce episodes with five-minute tips. Every episode of the Train Your Brain Podcast features a tip, so you can receive pointers 365 days a year that will help enhance the performance of your brain!

Today Dr. Trayford shares tip number 107 which has to do with squeezing some activity into you busy day. Often the majority of our daily tasks are sedentary. Get up and walk around every once in a while! If you can get some sunshine even better. Dr. Trayford offers recommendations for anyone who may be concerned with what a boss may thing about taking a few minutes here or there. Thanks for listening!

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There is this problem we have, where most people spend too much time sitting at their computer, being sedentary. There was a point in my past where I was very active during work. I was out and around the office, moving from examine room to room, doing patient modalities.

What happens now is that I’ve take a turn over the past year or so working on content creation, innovation, sitting in meetings and other things where I’m sitting for two to three hours at a time. While I love it, there’s definitely a change in the body.

I try to make it a point to take short breaks from these sedentary activities to get a little exercise.

Most people are sitting at a desk all day with very few breaks and very little opportunity to get up and get in a little exercise. I hear a lot of people say that they just can’t find the time. They have too much work to do. If you’re really trapped in that type of job where you can’t take a couple of five minute breaks throughout the course of your day, you might want to think about a change in vocation. Maybe you want to talk to your boss and explain that sitting this long is affecting your health and brain.

One of the new terms associated with this is Ergonomic Micro-Breaks.

A lot of companies and schools are starting to use Active Desks, where workers and students are standing while they’re working and learning. Many of these places are seeing marked changes in performance and even a reduction in the use of certain medications.

It doesn’t take much to show us that exercise or movement pays a benefit, and helps our brains. You just want to get up, do some light stretching. You can walk around your chair a few times, then sit back down. Maybe you want to try a little jogging in place or high knee stepping. If you can get out in the light it will also help your mental and physical presence as well as your sleep.

Finding a way to take these ergonomic micro-breaks can help reduce your chances of developing diabetes, cognitive decline, risk of depression and anxiety while also making for less days missed from work due to improvements in your health.

The bottom line is this small change in your daily habits, will improve your health, your brain and make you more productive throughout your day.

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