Producers You should do the 20-20-20 Rule

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Of anyone in the newsroom it is most likely that your Producer is getting the least amount of exercise. Sitting at the computer for hours on end is putting a lot of wear and tear on your eyes and your body.

The best thing you can do is follow the 20-20-20 rule and you just might find yourself feeling better at the end of the day.

The idea here is pretty simple. The best way to counteract the negative effects of sitting is to get up and move. The 20-20-20 rule just makes that easy to remember:

The New York Times writes that Jack Dennerlein, a professor at Northeastern’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences in Boston who specializes in ergonomics and safety, suggests a variation on the 20-20-20 rule used to reduce eyestrain. In the case of the eyes, the rule is to take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away (instead of your computer), and repeat this every 20 minutes. But Dr. Dennerlein notes that this eye rule can be applied to movement as well. Every 20 minutes, walk 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more. Stop by a co-worker’s desk. Get a cup of coffee. Pace. Just don’t sit.

So make sure you take some time to get out of the chair and get moving. You can always go back to editing and yell at someone for no reason.

Click here to read the story from the NY Times.

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