Many individuals spend their workday stuck behind a desk or computer and do minimal exercise when at home, which leads to a very sedentary lifestyle that is extremely bad health wise.

Lack of exercise leads to malaise, fatigue and obesity in many cases, and believe it or not, it is also bad for our mental health. Sitting in the same position for hours on end is not good for anyone, so many health practitioners, including Dr Mike Loosemore from the English Institute of Sport say that taking regular mini-breaks is the simplest way of getting on your feet and moving about.

This does not mean that you must goof off for thirty minutes at a time but just getting up and walking around the office, or your garden if you are lucky enough to work from home, for five to ten minutes every two hours can do wonders for your health and mental clarity.

If you work in an office that has a water cooler, then an added benefit is being able to drink a nice chilled glass of water so that you ensure that you remain well-hydrated and alert. Dehydration is the cause of many health problems as well as a lot of unproductivity at work because it leads to a dry mouth, difficulty producing saliva, fatigue, headaches, increased heart rate, respiration and body temperature, neuromuscular seizures, and impaired cognitive abilities.

Apart from its hydration benefits though, a water cooler also offers other benefits such as the “water cooler chat.” While bosses used to worry about their personnel wasting time standing talking around the water cooler, medical experts have stated that these breaks are actually healthy. Far from hindering productivity, the water cooler chat provides employees with a much-needed break from work, thereby re-energising them, and interacting and conversing around the water cooler about work-related and non-work-related topics builds employee relationships that can help build and grow a business.

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