Almost all ergonomics professionals agree that taking
breaks during typing is essential for preventing and
recovering from RSI. There are 3 types of breaks a
typist should take.<
- Eye breaks:
Looking at a computer screen causes your eyes to
blink less often which exposes your eye surface to
air for more time. This can cause changes in how
your eyes normally function.
Every 15 minutes or so you should look at a distant
object or scene more than 20 feet away for a 30
seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your eye strain.
Every 30 minutes you should also blink your eyes
rapidly for 10 seconds. This refreshes the tear film
and clears dust from the eye surface.
- Micro-breaks: Occupational studies reveal that typing occurs
mostly in short bursts of activity, not as a
continuous activity. Between these typing bursts you
should do something to break the repetitive nature
of the typing activity. Performing a brief stretch,
standing up or moving around can all do this.
Section below lists various types of professionally
designed micro-break exercises which you can perform
to relieve the typing-induced tension. A micro-break
is not a break from your usual activities but rather
a break from the repetitive nature of your
activities. Micro-breaks are vital for RSI
- Rest-breaks: Every 60 - 90 minutes a brief rest break should be
taken. These breaks usually span between 2 to 5
minutes or even longer depending on the strain.
During these breaks it is recommended that you stand
up and move around. Get a glass of water, soda or
coffee for example. It is also important to do some
small exercise to relieve muscle fatigue. Rest
breaks give other muscles a chance to work, which
helps relieve fatigue and increase stamina. If you
already experience RSI pain, then timing these
breaks is extremely important. See how long you can
type without experiencing pain, tingling or numbness
then subtract 10 minutes from that. This period
should be the amount of time you type before taking