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If you sit longer than one hour and are not aware of time passing, a program or timer to remind you to take a microbreak every 30 minutes is important to prevent muscle strain. You must move at least once an hour to keep oxygen flowing to your soft tissues.
Watches and digital timers are the least expensive break timers available! If your watch has a "countdown and repeat" function, you can set it to "beep" every 15 minutes or so to remind you to take a break. (Note: Timex watches are the only ones we are aware of that have this feature, but others may, also.)
|Timeout for Mac|
Gently reminds you to take breaks and microbreaks. Breaks are fully configurable. You can even program it to play a piece of music (pausing iTunes). OS X 2.4 or later. Time Out 2 available for Snow Leopard. Express and Pro versions are available at very moderate cost or donation.FREE,http://www.dejal.com/timeout/
Yoga-based stretches with customizable music sound files or an optional "time-to-stretch" reminder instead of the animated stretches. 36 stretches with 6 standing stretches. Breaks are based on keyboard and mouse use. Total control over the sequence of stretches that appear.
| MacBreakZ |
Monitors keyboard and mouse use and suggests appropriate times for breaks and micro-pauses. Provides stretches, ergonomic information, and helps you recover if you are suffering from symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injuries.
|ErgoTimer Lite/ErgoTimer Pro Apps|
This app is available for iPhone and iPad. Either app includes a reminder to launch the app at the beginning of the day. It is integrated with the Chakra Community so you can read mindfulness blogs and participate in discussion groups. It has 4 sound options, customizable messages, custom start and end work hours to the minute, and an inspiration banner. The free version includes 4 options for the reminder alarm and one for the notifications. The Pro version enables 4 options for notifications. The notification system allows you to still get up to 10 notification reminders even when you are out of the app. Downloadable from iTunes.
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