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A compact application that can help you prevent RSI by giving alerts each time you need to take a break. Provides built-in exercises that can be performed when you take a break

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If you are currently spending a lot of time in front of the computer then you should be aware that this may cause you some health issues, such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Workrave is an application that is able to let you know when you should take pauses and what exercises you need to perform.

It sports a clean and multilingual interface that can be mastered even by less experienced users.

It is possible to set the time interval between the breaks, the break duration and postpone time by typing in the time value in the dedicated dialogs. Moreover, you can also specify a postpone time for the daily limit.

You can make the program play sound notifications for different actions, such as the daily limit, ended and changed exercise, ignored break, and many others. The application also allows users to change the Internet connection by specifying the server port, host, username and password.

Workrave comprises built-in exercises that you need to perform every time you take a break, such as backward shoulder stretches and neck tilt stretches, as well as exercises for moving your shoulders up and down, turning your head, finger stretching, focusing and moving your eyes, and others.

The program provides statistics about the breaks prompts, skipped, postponed, overdue time, as well as information about your computer activity, such as mouse usage, movement and button clicks, and keystrokes. The built-in calendar can help you select the days the application should display the statistics for.

To sum things up, Workrave proves to an excellent software solution that can help you prevent RSI by giving alerts each time you need to take a break. Thanks to its intuitive interface and useful features, it appeals to beginners and experts alike.

Workrave was reviewed by Ana Marculescu
Last updated on July 6th, 2013
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