standappStandApp: Apple / Android

While front-line library staff may not need to move more, those of us who spend most of the time at our desks can benefit from StandApp. StandApp promotes good health by providing an alarm reminder to stand up and take a break from your desk (or couch!). StandApp includes 10-30 easy exercises (depending on platform) you can perform at your desk during a standing breaks.

Getting started

StandApp is really straightforward: download the free app to your phone and tell it at which interval you would like to be reminded to get up. (There are some alarmist intro screens telling you how bad sitting is for your health; read or skip as you will. They only show up the first time you open the app.)

Here is a screenshot showing what the homepage of the StandApp looks like and what some of the icons are (click to make it larger):

Standapp home

You can choose from 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120-minute intervals. You can also set a specific time under the Alarm setting on the front page. Once you pick a time, a countdown clock starts ticking away the minutes until the alarm goes off. Here’s a screenshot showing this (click to make it larger):

standapp intervals

You get a text message/alert when time is up. An exercise video starts, as you can see here (click to make it larger):

standapp exercise

You can pause (Snooze), Skip (don’t do that, it defeats the purpose), or do more reps of the of the exercise. Each break lasts about 5 minutes. The iPhone version has more break types (water break, social break) and more exercises.

Don’t like that exercise? Tap List to pull up all of the exercises and tap one to start the video demonstrating how you should perform the move and for how long, as well as how many repetitions you should perform, as you can see here (click to make it larger):

standapp types of exercise

There are a couple of additional features. The first is the ability to schedule which exercises you want to do. Tap Alarm on the front page, then tap + button. (There is a blank page after you click Alarm and before you click +.) Then choose which days you want the alarm to repeat.

The default is that the exercises randomly occur. If you want to do the same exercise each time, you can choose that activity from the Exercise tab, as you can see here (click to make it larger):

standapp alarm info

Another feature shows how many calories you have burned. From the front page, tap Break Tracker, enter your weight, and start standing. You can see this in this screenshot (click to make it larger):

standapp weight

A similar app with more controls, sounds, and customization is Healthy Break (Apple / Android).

Let us know in your blog post for Thing 3: Do you need to move more—at home or at work—and would an app like this help? Or is it silly to think that people don’t know when they need to move?

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