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Q: I spend a lot of time working at my desk, many hours using a computer. Which would be more beneficial, a couple of long breaks during the day or several shorter ones?

Research has shown that workers who take "micro-breaks" (taking 3-5 minutes each hour) can help prevent injury and actually raise productivity over workers who follow a more traditional schedule. Taking numerous short breaks lets your body recover from work easier than one long break. It only takes a few minutes to go through a quick stretching and exercising program that can improve your flexibility and circulation, and take stress off your lower back. Exercises don't have to be elaborate. For computer users, suggested exercises usually include shoulder shrugs, hand and wrist stretches and neck range-of-motion exercises. Of course, the best program is one tailored for your specific activities.

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