Getting up from your desk a few times a day for a brief, brisk walk could make you both happier and healthier on the job, a new study from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus researchers suggests.
The study found that five little walk breaks during the day made test subjects feel less hungry, more energized and happier at the end of the day than if those people didn’t walk at all during the day. The little breaks also proved better than if study participants took one, longer walk at the beginning of the day.
The results are in line with other studies showing that sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health and that getting up to walk around a bit can be an antidote.
“We were able to say it’s not only on health,” said Audrey Bergouignan, a CU professor who is the lead author on the new study. “It’s also on more psychological aspects.”