My parents are in good health, retired, exercise regularly, and have great posture. They don’t use a computer much, and have inexpensive feature phones which they use for, well, uh, phone calls. The iPad I gave them is seldom used for anything but FaceTime.
On the other hand, I have the problems associated with a computer driven sedentary lifestyle; hunched over a glowing Mac or iPad screen day and night, and everywhere in between hovering over the iPhone in my hand.
See the problem? Computers are bad for your health.
What I appreciate about Watch are the exercise and tracking apps, including the built-in reminder to move every 50-minutes or so (a notice which can appear 10 minutes after sitting down, or two hours after sitting down, so Apple needs to fix whatever algorithm isn’t working as it should; but the idea is a good one). For the Mac I installed Rest, a break reminder app mashed up with a Pomodoro technique timer. Rather than living life as a reminder app, Rest not only tells Mac users to take a break, it even suggest specific exercises which are light in nature; the kind I prefer just before scarfing down an Almond Joy or Mounds (because sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t; Almond Joy’s got nuts, Mounds don’t).
First, set up the type of notifications you prefer.
Second, set the break timer.
Alerts always seem to come at the worst possible time, of course, so choose wisely the duration for each break, how often the break notification plays (this is more pomodoro style).
Rest comes with a dozen built-in sounds, plenty of exercise suggestions, and even images which look like screen savers-meet-Reminders (lots of scenery which should inspire you to take a walk, except in Chicago in the winter, in which case thinking about taking a walk is the next best thing).
The default settings are good enough for most of us, but everything is customizable. Just click the icon in the Mac’s Menubar to pause as needed.
Rest comes with a free Rest Beacon app, an iOS companion utility for iPhone and iPad which is good to keep reminders on you when you step away from the Mac.