Stretch Break

Stretch Break


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 3 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.6.1
File Size:
27.27MB
Date Added:
March 27, 2014
Price:
Free to try (10-day trial); $44.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
15,786
Downloads Last Week:
9
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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.

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  • 3 stars

    "program okay but installed tons of crapware"

    September 09, 2013   |   By varvararodriques

    Version: Stretch Break 6.5

    Pros

    program works okay as a timer for breaks and shows some stretch exercises.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    Porgram ok, but way too expensive. Installs crapware on your computer.

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  • 5 stars

    "Less expensive than even one PT appointment."

    December 26, 2011   |   By leetramp

    Version: Stretch Break 6.5

    Pros

    Extremely customizable, you can select how often and what type of stretches you want.

    Cons

    None that I've noticed.

    Summary

    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 :-)

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  • 2 stars

    "Slowed my computer drastically."

    March 23, 2006   |   By RELDDAP

    Version: Stretch Break 6.0

    Pros

    Seemed to have a good variety of stretches.

    Cons

    Even though I liked the stretches, it slowed my PC to the point I couldn't get any work done so I had to uninstall it and am back to normal speed. It seems rather pricey for the sometimes ugly and ill-proportioned animated figures. I think I would have tired of them quickly.

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