Our bodies aren’t designed to sit for long periods of time. Nevertheless many of us are physically inactive for the most part of the day. On average we sit for eleven hours a day.
In a study of the University of Colorado, researchers recruited students to participate in a six week programme, designed to change sedentary behaviour. During this programme, the students choose between different methods (timers, phone reminders …) to take breaks from their desk work. As a result, they took a break, on average, once every hour instead of every 90 minutes. Besides being beneficial for your health, the researchers suspect that the additional breaks can increase productivity, but more research is needed on this subject.