Given the prevalence of computers these days, I think we all could step away from our screens more frequently. Beyond any arguments for face-to-face interaction, there are multiple health reasons for why we should take more frequent breaks. Here are just a few.

Step away from the computer!

with advice from Darren Bayliss, PT, CEAS
Michael Beauvais, PT,
and Presidio Sport and Medicine

With the evolution of technology, people are spending more time at their desks and less time moving around at the workplace. The New York Times pointed out in 2011 that “jobs requiring moderate physical activity, which accounted for 50% of the labor market in 1960, have plummeted to just 20%.” And while the New York Times story emphasized how such changes in the workplace are a big factor contributing to the obesity issues plaguing Americans, there are many more reasons we should all try to step away from our desks now and then.

Staring at a computer screen for continuous hours throughout the day can wreak havoc with your eyes and lead to — or worsen — vision problems, according to Michael Beauvais, the clinical director and co-owner of East Metro Physical Therapy (a Physiquality network member in Clinton Township, Michigan). He points to advice from eye experts that recommend looking away from the computer (or written material) at least every 15 to 20 minutes, in order to allow our eyes to rest and reset. “This helps to reduce eye strain, sharpen acuity and slow fatigue,” says Michael.

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