Balancing both your dedication to work routine and your ability to take breaks are crucial for quality results, thoughtful breakthroughs, and maintaining mental well-being. Incorporating routine into your workday — think of it as a way of automating your approach to your efforts, to minimize effort — can pay big dividends. Conversely, knowing when to step out of the flow to regroup and recharge can also give a big bump to your effectiveness. Here we share some tips and tricks on how routines and breaks can work together to boost your productivity and self-care.

The U.S. surgeon general recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week. Yet most Americans don't approach this level of activity. You know who you are: You're who's so stiff when you gets up from her desk that you walk like a robot for the first few steps. You are the one with repetitive motion injuries. You are the person who vies for the "rock star" parking place closest to the door.

While you shouldn't give up on your home or gym exercise routine, you can certainly supplement it with exercises done at your desk (and, on those extra-long workdays, it's much better than doing nothing). We've got some tips for you to do at your desk. Make sure to comment below if its working for you!

While seated, pump both arms over your head for 30 seconds, then rapidly tap your feet on the floor, football-drill style, for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.


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