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The 20 20 20 Rule

1 June 2016

In this day and age, a lot of sitting is involved whether you’re working or just entertaining yourself – most of our lives are spent sitting and reclining in front of some kind of screen. Of course, this kind of lifestyle is counterproductive if you’re seeking a healthy body, a healthy mind, and healthy eyes.

This can be counteracted if you are working and follow the 20-20-20 rule, either just sitting while working, or with physical activity and movement instead.

The basis of the 20-20-20 Rule is that to help you deal with problems you should take a break for at least 20 seconds and look at objects that are 20 feet away from you, and this should happen even 20 minutes in your schedule.

The other option is that instead of looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds, you could walk 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more, go to another room and think for a moment, get a cup of coffee or tea, and simply do activities that aren’t sitting at the computer and staring at the screen.

All that is necessary for this system is a timer, something that will break you out of your staring every 20 minutes and make sure that you are taking the breaks, even if it’s just a notification that you can set up on your phone when you sit down to work.

The 20-20-20 Rule is a life-saver, or really an eye-saver, for those that find themselves in front of computers and systems for long periods of time, and is a great way to keep your eyes healthy and disease-free for years to come.

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