It's becoming increasingly clear that our bodies were not built to spend hour after hour in a chair. Research shows that too much sitting is seriously detrimental to our health, and short bursts of exercise does not completely help with that.
However, just by taking regular breaks, you can undo much of the damage. Not only your back, shoulder, neck, arms and hands and eyes are helped by breaks, but also your general health.
By taking regular breaks, you can actually increase your productivity by becoming more focused and energized.
Break Reminder will help with this without getting in your way. Some of the features:
• Automatic detection of usage. If you take a break yourself, you will not be interrupted.
• Optional fading out of the screen to make the break more effective.
• Different themes for the break screen and optional tips on ergonomics and similar topics.
• Adjustable work and break period lengths.
• Works with multi-monitor setups.
Get Break Reminder today and take control over your health!
Improve compatibility with recent OS X updates.
Ratings and Reviews
Simple functionality, beautiful implementation
As advertised, this app provides a gentle nudge every so often to get away from the screen and go do something else. The calming images and hints were an unexpected and charming bonus. It notices if you've been away for a while, and only starts its timing for the next break after you start in again -- very appropriate. After using it for a week, I have found it to be a very unintrusive, yet effective, reminder. I do find myself wishing for a "snooze" option, so that when the break comes up I could choose to be reminded again in just a few minutes (let me choose: 2, 5, 10, 15…) so I can keep going a little to reach a good stopping point. Otherwise, just great.
Effective, but not Obnoxious
I am trying to work up to 10,000 steps per day. I want to get up from my desk periodically and walk around a bit, but I keep forgetting.
This app is perfect for reminding me to take a walking break. The reminder is just the right type - not too loud, but gets my attention. Especially in an office, you don't want a loud alarm going off.
There is also a pop-up in the corner of the screen. As with the sound, it is the perfect amount of notice. It is large enough to notice, but doesn't take over the entire screen. The notification gives you the choice of taking a break or skipping it. If you decide to take the break, then a much larger screen opens up with a very soothing picture, plus advice on what to do for the break - e.g., roll your shoulders or rotate your wrists. Each time, it is something different. I take their suggestion and then get up for my walking break.
Overall, a great reminder app.
Stops working occasionally
I have been using Break Reminder for about 3 years, and it does exactly what I would like it to do.
I have the timer set for 30 minutes. However, occasionally the app will not pop up, and when I click on the dropdown menu it says “over an hour until your next break”. If I choose to take a break at that point, the timer starts to work again. I’m not sure what is happening - any ideas or a bug fix would be helpful.
Also one request - I would love to be able to have the option to chose my own photos. After 3 years, the same set of photos becomes rather tedious.
If the bug is fixed and the ability to link to your own photos is made an option, Break Reminder will get 5 stars in my book.
But again - it really does exactly what I need it to do, so thank you!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.