CNET Editors' review
Stretch Break is a fun and easy-to-use program that will help computer-weary users feel refreshed and avoid repetitive motion injuries. The many customizable options allow each user to create a stretching regime that is right for them.
Stretch Break's interface is very intuitive, and users should have no trouble configuring the program to their liking, but a well-written built-in Help file includes plenty of information about the program's functions. The Options menu contains everything within a single screen, making it easy to navigate. When the program is in action, an animated figure demonstrates each stretch, moving automatically to the next one. (We admit that the figures aren't the most attractive people we've ever seen, but they do their job.) It's easy to skip to the next stretch if needed. Stretch Break's features are all useful, and we have a hard time thinking of anything it lacks. The program contains 36 different stretching exercises, and users can set the number of stretches per break and select which exercises they want to use. Music can be played during or between stretches--11 relaxing .wav files are included--or turned off completely. A variety of schedules and alerts are available, so users can customize their stretching routine. Optional ergonomic tips can be shown after each stretch break to help users work more comfortably and safely.
Stretch Break has a 10-day trial limitation. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.
From Para Technologies:
Reminds you to take stretch breaks to avoid RSIs. Animated figures show you how. Reduce stress and muscle and joint aches. Includes ErgoHints workstation setup guide and eye exercises. User controls time between stretch sessions and stretches per session (default 3). Each stretch lasts 15 to 25 seconds so you are back to work in one or two minutes. Developed by a team of health care professionals.
What's new in this version: Version 6.5 adds a visual countdown timer.
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All versions:3.3 stars
out of 3 votes
Current version:4.0 stars
out of 2 votes
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"program okay but installed tons of crapware"
Version: Stretch Break 6.5
program works okay as a timer for breaks and shows some stretch exercises.
1) installed at least 3 different crapware programs on my computer which I had to uninstall. REALLY ANNOYING. would not use this program again for that reason.
2) WAY too expensive ($45). Will not keep it after first ten day free trial is finished. Not worth the price.
Porgram ok, but way too expensive. Installs crapware on your computer.
"Less expensive than even one PT appointment."
Version: Stretch Break 6.5
Extremely customizable, you can select how often and what type of stretches you want.
None that I've noticed.
I tend to sit at my computer for hours. I have been using Stretch Break Pro for about seven years, and have never had any problems with it (in Windows XP, I don't notice any slowing). I find that the stretches take just a minute or two, and I know I would have been just sitting there getting stiff if I didn't have this program to remind me to stretch every so often. If I'm really caught up in a project, it's simple to either cancel that stretch (ooh, bad boy) or delay it for five minutes.
Stetches don't just include your arms and legs: Some of them are just getting your eyes to focus at different distances, which prevents eye strain.
$45 seems like quite a bit to put out for software that is this simple, but compare this to the price of just one physical therapy appointment :-)