How do you spend your work breaks? Do you find yourself munching on M&Ms, smoking a cigarette, or even working more? A qualitative analysis conducted at the University of Texas investigated the effectiveness of structured work-break activities designed to enhance physical and psychological health.
The study involved 35 subjects across 5 worksites and was conducted over a period of 6 months to one year. While Booster Breaks may involve physical activity, meditation, and rhythmic breathing, this study focused on using physical activity oriented breaks to reduce sedentary behavior. Subjects were required to participate in one 15-minute physical activity booster break per work day. Researchers found three themes among the subjects response:
Reduced stress and increased workplace enjoyment.
Increased health awareness and facilitate positive behavior changes outside of the workplace.
Enhanced interpersonal relationships with coworkers.
Subjects noted two barriers to participation in the interventions:
Desire for greater variety in intervention’s activities.
Lack of permission, encouragement, and support from managers and supervisors.
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Taylor W. C., King K. E., Shegog R., Paxton R. J., Evans-Hudnall G. L., Rempel D. M., Chen V., Yancey A. K. (2013). Booster Breaks in the workplace: participants’ perspectives on health-promoting work breaks. Oxford University Press Health Education Research, 28(3), 414-425. doi: 10.1093/her/cyt001