An exercise break is a great way to re-energize and break up periods of sluggishness
It’s 3 p.m. and you can’t pick your head off your desk. Or you’ve read the same proposal six times and you still don’t get it. Dr. Alejandro Lleras, psychology professor at the University of Illinois, says that taking a break from work is the best thing you can do for yourself. His recent study proved that constant attention to one thing actually dulls the mind; if we can momentarily do something else, like take an exercise break, we can return to that same difficult task with greater clarity and ease.
Here are 6 easy ways to take an exercise break to help you go from duh to bring it on any time of the day:
Sing-Walk Break. If you’ve been stuck in the office all day, get out and take a short brisk walk. But with a difference – add your favorite up-tune and walk and sing at the same time. The combinations of walk and sing, rhythm and movement, shake up both halves of the brain and you’ll return to office like a new person.
Carpool High-Jacks. If you’re picking up kids at school, don’t nod off in the car – get out! Arrive ten minutes early, and pump out 25 jumping jacks right next to your car. Sure, you might get some funny looks, but soon enough you’ll be star of the parking lot! And a lot of people will join you.