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Geek Tip: Use Workrave to Relieve Computer-Related Aches

Using a computer has obvious personal and professional benefits, but there are some physical issues that arise when you sit in front of a computer (or tote one home — save your back!). You can do basic exercises to avoid carpal tunnel, but you can use technology to prevent injuries caused by technology: Workrave!

Workrave is a free download (for Linux and Windows) that provides all kinds of handy tools to ensure that you don't hurt your eyes, back, wrists, or neck while you're working (read: perusing Sugar sites). My favorites are the timers for breaks it prompts you to take — and one break even walks you through simple exercises.

You can also set a daily limit, so that it will pop up and remind you that you're at your limit and should maybe get up and out, lest you suffer from one of those pesky Internet addictions.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
THANK YOU for posting this - there have been MANY MANY days that i've found myself in so much pain from sitting hunched over my computer for hours. i'm going to check this out so i can see what i can do to make my physicality of working more manageable.
MsTerious82 MsTerious82 8 years
What a great idea. It's such a simple concept, but so helpful. It's sad that I need to be reminded to walk away from my computer from time to time, even when I can feel the strain it's putting on my back and wrists to sit there.
areitz areitz 8 years
Great recommendation Geek - practicing safe computer habits is essential. When I was on Linux, I used Workrave and found it to be quite good. Since I have switched to Mac, I have been using a program called 'AntiRSI': It isn't quite as nice as Workrave, but it gets the job done.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I have all kinds of backaches from my desk job--I call it "computer back." I'll have to download this and give it a whirl.
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