While research has shown that regular exercise can reduce the risk of certain cancers, a review of more than 200 studies is suggesting that it’s not enough… we all need to get up and take “activity breaks” throughout the day. The American Institute for Cancer Research advises adults to take one – or two- minute breaks every hour.
Still, another recent study suggests that getting up and moving around consistently during the day is more effective in protecting your back, and core than sitting all day, and then exercising at night.
Some people set a timer to remind themselves to stand up and move away from the computer or phone each hour. Others recognize the mental advantages of taking a mini break from sitting and concentrating every so often.
Recently in our blog we mentioned the advice of one headache doctor who suggested that taking regular breaks from computer work may help reduce the incidence of headache.