One of the more popular trends in the medical community is the knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle is not good for ones health. I sit in front of a Mac and keyboard most of the day, but manage to get up and move from here to there from time to time. Here’s a Mac app that can help to improve your health the old fashioned way. Nagging.
You Deserve A Dozen Breaks Today
McDonald’s old ad slogan notwithstanding, breaks are good for you so long as they’re the right kind of break. And a break that encompasses a trip to McDonald’s shouldn’t be on the list.
I’m talking about taking a break from your Mac, from your desk, from watching TV, from anything that has you sitting, slouching, or potato-like in posture.
For those who need a little more than a ding or gong reminder to get up and move around, there’s MacBreakZ, the Mac’s only personal ergonomic assistant, a pricey way to be nagged into better health.
MacBreakZ monitors your Mac’s keyboard and mouse so it knows how much movement is involved in your daily routine, and if it’s not enough, offers rest breaks; the kind that help to prevent repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, writer’s cramp, tendonitis, and boredom.
A proper break from the keyboard, while being encouraged to stretch and move around will reduce tension, improve blood flow, enhance posture, and help you add more zeal to your daily routine.
That’s what MacBreakZ does.
What you get, right from the convenience of the Mac’s Menubar, is real time monitoring of your current activity levels and videos of dozens of stretching and exercise activities designed to get blood flowing, keep it flowing, loosen muscles, and, well, give you the break you deserve.
The Menubar works smartly and promotes activity sessions by watching your habits; time elapsed, activity, profile, etc. This doesn’t happen overnight, either. MacBreakZ is a comprehensive personal ergonomic assistant that can be customized to match your habits to an exercise and stretching regimen to keep you loose, limber, and alert.
Alright, to be fair, MacBreakZ doesn’t nag in the traditional sense, or even in the spousal sense. It merely suggests (a polite version of nag) rest and microbreaks at appropriate times to help you feel better. You can view your activity levels in the handy Menubar icon, but the app waits until you’re not busy before pointing out that a break is needed.
The price tag seems higher than expected for something so elegantly done, but there’s nothing quite like it on the marketplace, and how can you put a price on improved health? It’s money well spent if you spend too much time attached to a keyboard.