呀…眼睛乾、脖子緊、肩膀酸、下背痛、腳腫脹…全身都不對勁，天呀，為什麼呢？Your eyes are dry. Your neck tight, shoulders sore, lower back pain, feet swollen… No body part feels right. Oh why, please tell me why!
1. 你一周幾天會用到電腦？(1) 0-1 (2) 2-3 (3) 4-5 (4) 6-7
2. 每次在電腦前面坐多久？(1) 30分鐘 (2) 60分鐘 (3) 1.5小時 (4) 2+小時
Please answer questions below:
1. How often do you use a computer per week? (1) 0-1 day (2) 2-3 days (3) 4-5 days (4) 6-7 days
2. How long do you sit in front of a computer each use? (1) 30 minutes (2) 60 minutes (3) 1.5 hours (4) 2+ hours
If you answered (3) or (4) to both questions, it’s not a surprise your body is complaining. If you don’t modify your work habits and do the right thing to your body, you might face a bigger problem next!
Since starting to learn podcasting, sharing from experienced podcasters and entrepreneurs inspires me a lot. One of the most recommended tips is: MOVE.
Some authors suggested taking a 5-minute break after working 25 minutes. To me though, frequent breaks interfere with my concentration, so I work 50 minutes and then take a 10-minute break. It’d be wise of you to find your own rhythm.
Smartphones come with a timer function. All you need to do is key in the minutes you need (mine is “50”) at the minute slot and hit “start.” Next thing you know is probably your cellphone ringing its screen off telling you to take a break. Remember, it’s mighty important to reset it as 10 minutes immediately and walk away from your computer, or whatever you are working on. Don’t kid yourself that you’d just finish the sentence you’re typing, or the page you’re reading. Believe me, the chance of you forgetting the break all together is huge. That’s my personal experience anyway, multiple times, and counting!!!
Congratulations! You just earn yourself a 10-minute break. How would you use this reward, though?
MOVE! Get up and walk about. Go empty your overworked bladder, sip some water, or stretch a bit to release the knots building up in your muscles. Take your pick. If you work from home, putting out ingredients and planning for your next meal surely can encourage you work harder. Dumping laundry in the washing machine means less chores later too. No matter what, resume work and reset your timer back to 50 minutes when your break is up. Keep repeating this cycle until meal time which of course would be much longer I hope !
Last but not least, Dao is in our daily life. Things happen for a reason. A body is like a car. Maintain it well and it will keep running even if the mileage is high. Treat your body right and it’s less likely of it letting you down!
Also, we are more efficient when energetic. We can keep our energy up by doing exercise regularly. Even simply walking will do our body and work much good. MOVE!
Want to know what stretch routines are suitable for a 10-minute break? Are there exercise we can do to avoid or reduce problems mentioned above? We’ll cover that in our following posts.