Time Out Free for Mac is a freeware program that helps computer users break up time spent working at the computer. It is very easy to develop bad habits when using the computer for hours at a time. These bad habits can be bad for your body. Time Out helps remind computer users to take a break.
Time Out promotes "normal" and "micro" breaks. The normal breaks typically occur after 50 minutes of work. When it is time to take a break the computer screen grays out and a reminder pops up prompting you to take your break from the computer. Micro breaks typically occur every 10 minutes and give you the opportunity to take a 10-15 second movement or stretching break before resuming your work.
While on your break a progress bar shows how long until the break is over. Users have the ability to postpone or skip a break, change the frequency and duration of the breaks, play a sound and use automated workflows. You can find more information about Time Out Free in the Mac Store or at their web site: www.dejal.com/timeout/.
A similar program for PC users is Take A Break 2.0 by Molecular Software. This free program runs in the background and counts down how many minutes until it is time to take a break. Users can set the time interval on the slider from 5 minutes to one hour.
NOTE: I personally use Time Out to remind me to take movement breaks and to stretch. Hours of sitting and a long commute have developed into back problems. Time Out has been invaluable as a prompting tool.