Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I've been spending a good bit of time in front of the computer lately. Partly due to being sick, partly due to the Sims 3, partly due to Spark, FB, etc.
So I found this app for the iPhone and iPad called StandApp. There are two versions: the free one with ads and the $.99 one with no ads. I splurged on the 99cent one! It's a simple app that reminds you to stand up and move throughout the day.
After moving through the introductory screens that talk about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle (Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, poor cholesterol, high blood pressure, and higher mortality rate), the next screen talks about what happens to your body when you sit down. That screen was eye opening to me (I knew the danger screen info but not this screen). The screen after that breaks it down into numbers with a nice pie chart.
And then the screen that says: 30 minutes a day is not enough when you have a sedentary life style/job. Frequent breaks in the day are essential.
Skip a few pages, then the main page: Set Interval: you can chose 15 minutes, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. Press start and the app counts down and alerts you when the time is up. Mine makes a noise like a text alert or something similar. I turned my sound off to see if it would vibrate, but it didn't. That would be a nice option, as often at work people have their phones on silent. It did make a quieter sound, though, very discreet.
Now for the other cool part:when the timer goes off the app plays a video (no sound) showing a simple exercise or task to do during the 5 minute standing break.
I was the calf stretch, shoulder stretch, social break, and personal phone call break (go make a personal phone call and stay on your feet. Obviously you don't have to do the suggested exercise, but it did get me thinking about it and so I did it. If you don't like or can't do the suggested exercise (the calf stretch could be a bit awkward in the work place) you can do your own stretch or look up the videos on the app for suggestions. The videos not only show someone doing the exercise, but has written directions.
When the 5 minute break is up it alerts you to get back to work.
You can change the time intervals or turn it off as suits your day. It has a progress chart, which will make more sense to me once I've put in a few days on this app.
So for me, at home, or you in the office, this could be a handy little app. You could set your own timer with your clock app, but then you'd have to reset the timer for the 5 minute break, and there would be no exercise videos to remind you to not only get up, but to do something in that 5 minutes.
You could easily add 30 minutes of activity to your day by using this app and spending the entire 5 minutes doing stretches at your desk or walking up and down the halls, etc.