How taking short walk breaks can make you happier^ healthier

Studies suggest that everyone should schedule breaks throughout their day, even in the middle of a high-pressure workload. Just standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the day has the ability to lift your mood and combat lethargy without reducing focus and attention.

In fact, brief walking breaks are more effective at improving well-being than a single, longer walk before work. Your blood needs circulation, your joints need some movement, and your muscles need to activate.

Sitting motionless for longer durations reduces blood flow to the legs, increasing the risk for atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaques in the arteries. It can also have undesirable physical and emotional consequences.

People who sit for more than 8-9 hours daily are at heightened risk for diabetes, depression and obesity compared with people who move more often.

But you also need to keep in mind that if you move more than required, you can subsequently become more tired, grumpy, distracted or hungry, any of which could have an undesirable effect on work performance and long-term health.

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