Children look forward to recess breaks in school everyday. Wouldn't it be great if adults could take a recess break too?
Instant Recess was created by the late Dr. Toni Yancey, professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, Co-Director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, and board member of the Public Health Institute and the Partnership for a Healthier America. She created "Instant Recess" – tools that inspire people of all ages to move and be active 10 minutes at a time.
Get your organization moving with these ideas:
- Take a 10-minute activity break at a scheduled time everyday at your workplace or any place where people gather for an hour or more. It can be structured activity (like Instant Recess) or just a brisk walk.
- For every hour that you sit to perform your job or a task, stand for at least two minutes during that hour. (You burn 33% more calories when standing instead of sitting.)
- Make standing ovations vs. sitting and clapping, the standard way to show appreciation for speakers, etc.
- Link networked computers to printers a short walk away from work or study spaces.
- Replace some conference and desk chairs with stability balls.
- If you are a presenter, in charge of meetings, a classroom teacher, etc. – structure time to include activity/standing breaks.