This free tool makes small demands with potentially big benefits, but only if you take advantage of them, of course. Workrave's miniscule window pops up at regular intervals to prompt you to take breaks long enough and frequently enough to be of real benefit to your health and productivity, yet short enough not to break your stride.
Workrave's main interaction with the user is a desktop applet that's probably not much bigger than your Recycle Bin icon, plus a series of equally small pop-up reminders. But Workrave isn't a stripped-down app, even though it's free, as its 42MB Program folder showed. Much of Workrave's data consists of helpful (and healthful) exercise tips in 3D animation that demonstrate stretches and other beneficial actions -- some as easy as tilting your neck or moving your eyes to the corner of your screen. Workrave's system tray icon and Preferences sheet make setting things up just as easy on the user as its quickie exercises. Tabs on the Preferences sheet let us configure Micro-breaks, Rest breaks, and Daily Limits. We could also enable alternate monitors and use our own sound clips for alerts. Of course, we could easily dismiss or postpone breaks when necessary.
Seemingly endless platitudes extol the cumulative virtues of small but consistent and persistent efforts. Let's state unequivocally that downloading, installing, configuring, and, yes, paying attention to Workrave can make just such a difference in your day and your life. But only if you do what you told it to tell you to do!
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Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit. Please refer to the feature comparison for a complete list of features, and how the program performs with respect to other programs on the market. The program runs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows.
- Works Well
- Includes useful exercises and demonstrates them for you!
- Ability to customize break times and limits
- Ability to enable or disable the 'skip' and 'postpone' buttons
- Y'know what? I actually can;t find any!
If you sue a computer loads like it do, you will find yourself with a rather annoying thing called RSI, I have got a Repetitive Strain Injury which causes pain and discomfort in the wrists and arms/shoulders. Thanks to this free program, I am able to easily address the issue and so far my wrists are getting better and I can now use a mouse without pain or a wrist support! Oh, time for a micro break!
- Rest and Break timers start (5 seconds) after you stop typing or using mouse - Can adjust settings to suit your use - No ads
- Can be (very) annoying when you first start using it, but then again, it's meant to be
I've used Workrave for at least 7 years and have had no RSI related injuries in all that time. Since I work in IT and I'm on a computer at least 7 hours a day, I find no injuries quite remarkable. I'd recommend Workrave to anyone.