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Big Stretch Reminder Program

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If you're reading this, there's a very high probability that you're what's known as a computer user, which Webster defines as "an individual at elevated risk for repetitive stress injuries (RSI)" such as carpal tunnel syndrome, not to mention other physiological stresses like eyestrain and neck pain. Your doctor and your mother will both tell you the same thing: you're spending way too much time in front of that computer, and you should take regular stretch breaks. That's where a tool like Big Stretch Reminder comes in. This simple, free utility interrupts you at regular, predetermined intervals, prompting you to take a break and offering random RSI-prevention messages like "Have a Tea Break!" or a message of your own. You can set a sound alert and a countdown reminder in the system tray.

Big Stretch's general settings begin with configuring the time between breaks, either from a drop-down list of predefined regular intervals or by clicking Custom and scrolling to an exact time. We could enter a custom message under Message Content or check Show random tip and configure reminder as a balloon, pop-up, or a micro-break lasting from a minute to an hour. We set a 2-minute Micro Break and pressed Show Example, which previewed our break. The small dialog showed a random tip, a green progress bar, and our break's remaining time in minutes and seconds. We could click buttons labeled Postpone 2 mins to accommodate unexpected interruptions or Skip Break to just get back to work. The audible reminders somewhat betray the software's U.K. origins: Beep, Ding Dong, Pipes, and Tea Time. We could set various other options such as stopping reminders when the computer is idle. Once it's set, though, Big Stretch does its thing automatically and on cue.

It's only fair that software should help mitigate some of the physical stress hardware inflicts on peopleware. Tools like Big Stretch can help maximize your ergonomic health and efficiency, reducing injuries and aggravation, too. Frequent short breaks can make a difference, if you could only remember them and bring yourself to take them. Take our advice: take a big leap and download Big Stretch Reminder.

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5 stars

"Excellent antidote for too much sitting"

September 23, 2016  |  By BOBRGR

2016-09-23 07:48:48  |  By BOBRGR

 |  Version: Big Stretch Reminder Program 2.0


Not only can the timing [each hour] and duration [1 minute+] be selected, but the "select your own sound" function lets you use and mp3 file [I'm currently using the stones, 'Start me up' but change it from time to time.] This is great for a home office, not so much for a cubicle farm.
If the break interrupts something you need to finish, you can delay the break 2, 5, 10, or 20 minutes or skip it entirely.


I'd like to be able to automatically alternate the mp3's automatically rather than manually, but not big dead.
FWIW: I found do interference with playing other audio when this program active but not actually playing a break song.


Too much sitting is the new smoking. It's a separate risk factor...If you sit for extended periods but run 10k's on the weekend or do an hour of aerobics in the morning, it still negatively affects your health...a it.
Taking an exercise break every hour [I use a rebounder] is a pretty good offset and without some sort of reminder, most people become too engrossed in their projects to get up and move around. This little program solves that problem.
Thanks Monkey Matt.

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4 stars

"Great program!"

March 23, 2014  |  By Pianxx

2014-03-23 19:18:29  |  By Pianxx

 |  Version: Big Stretch Reminder Program 2.0


This app is not just geared to remind you to take a break of one hour. I lately discovered that you can also include that mini-break of 5 minutes along with the message reminder! That's why I just felt compelled to say that this app is perfect for me, ie to take a break after an hour and that break should last 5 minutes. Simply wonderful.


Although I got tricked initially as not all the buttons displaying the download would give you this app. Initially I downloaded something which added a toolbar. Kinda tricky!
And I just found out that this works only if you're using the desktop and not if you're using other apps in the start screen for Windows 8.1.


But then, thanks for this wonderful program! Really much appreciated! I hope you would have the version suited for Windows 8.1.

Updated on Mar 23, 2014

I meant it reminds you to take a break AFTER an hour.

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2 stars

"For me it's unusable, but it's okay."

March 10, 2013  |  By duffany2

2013-03-10 13:18:28  |  By duffany2

 |  Version: Big Stretch Reminder Program 2.0


It does what it's supposed to do.


It places a handle on your audio driver. I can't use any of my music software (e.g. FL Studio) because this program does not close its connection with the audio driver when it's not using it. Even if you turn the sound effect off, this program still keeps a handle on your audio driver. For me, this is a dealbreaker.


Okay, but poorly programmed.

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1 stars

"Comes loaded with crap ware"

February 20, 2013  |  By Anon222222222

2013-02-20 08:58:03  |  By Anon222222222

 |  Version: Big Stretch Reminder Program 2.0


Might do what it says.


Loaded my browsers with add ons, including something called Info Atoms that I can't even seem to uninstall via add/remove programs. Also changed my default search to Bing :(


Do not use.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0
Version 2.0 allows you to input multiple custom messages or display a motivational quote and select your own sound / music to play at break time. The Interface has been redesigned, it now detects if full screen movie playing or game and you can manually start a break form the system tray menu.
Publisher MonkeyMatt
Publisher web site
Release Date January 12, 2013
Date Added January 17, 2013
Version 2.0
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Health & Fitness Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client
Download Information
File Size 626.61KB
File Name bsrp_setup.exe
Total Downloads 13,660
Downloads Last Week 8
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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