*Time at work is marked by breaks. In days gone by, smoke breaks were regular and repeating. Refilling your mug meant a walk down the hall and a brief respite from work.
*Today, smokers are pariahs and pre-ground coffee from a tin is considered undrinkable. The different stages of the modern work day are marked by a favorite treat from Starbucks, a trip to the vending machine or refrigerator for a Coke, Mountain Dew, or Monster, and eating the candy or sugary snacks found on desk corners and left in break rooms.
*To maintain the strong and alert performance of a ninja, exchange unhealthy breaks for healthy ones. Physical exercise has a revitalizing effect. It improves blood flow and helps dissipate stress. We are not talking about a full blown workout or even breaking a sweat. Instead use micro-training to break up the day, restore work performance, and help with your major training goals.
—At your mid-morning break, pass on the Starbucks, donut, or bagel. Instead take a moment to work on your upper body. Do a quick set of fingertip pushups or work on your crow pose, just enough to get the blood flowing to your head. Then, stretch your shoulders.
—Mid-afternoon…homestretch. Avoid fatigue with body-weight squats, pistols (one-legged squats), or single leg body-weight dead lifts.
*This is not meant to be intense. Just enough to get your mind off work for a moment, put your muscles to use, and get the blood flowing.
*From a training standpoint, these breaks present golden opportunities to consciously work on correct form and proper balance. When it is time for that intense workout, your muscle memory can flow back to what you learned during these breaks.
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