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RECESS FOR ADULTS – HEALTH BENEFITS OF FIVE MINUTE BREAKS

Last updated 5 years ago

When you ask your child about their favorite part of the school day, it is rare to not hear an enthusiastic answer of “Recess!!” We ask ourselves - why is that not our favorite part of the day too?

Saddleback Memorial wants to help you reclaim recess and deem it not only fun, but healthy too!  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that taking five-minute breaks from any job can help increase concentration, alertness, work speed and productivity. Short breaks can also lower stress and reduce the risk of on-the-job accidents. They have also been linked to a smaller waistline and lower body mass index. 

While your recess may not include running around on a playground, here are a few ways to benefit from short breaks:

  • Take a short break about every half hour
  • Breaks should involve some kind of movement – stand up and stretch, walk around the office, or change positions at your work station
  • Have a glass of water or a light, healthy snack
  • Head outside for some fresh air and a change of scenery
  • Close your eyes and do some deep breathing to re-focus your mind

Make recess your new favorite part of the day, so that when your kids ask you what you like about working, you can excitedly tell them “Recess!!” For more information visit the CDC here

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