Intermission was created to help reduce the negative impact sitting has on our health and concentration.
"Sitting is the new smoking". That's what's being said about our sedentary lifestyle in front of our computers whether it's at work or at home. It's recommended to sit for no longer than 20 minutes. After that we should stand up and stretch. It sounds easy to do, but it's remarkably difficult to keep doing in the long run even for the most diligent among us.
This is where Intermission will help!
Intermission will remind you to stand up and take a small break at regular intervals. During the break a friendly reminder will present itself over the entire workspace which more or less forces you to take that break. Doing so will also increase your productivity and concentration since your brain also benefits from these breaks.
The default settings will remind you to stand up every 20 minutes, and take a 30 second break. It's as simple as that! It's something everybody can do no matter how busy or where they are. The break interval and durations are fully customizable allowing you to set timings that are the most convenient for you.
As with everything new it may be difficult to start this new habit, but Intermission will be there in the background helping you to achieve your goals.
So why not give Intermission a try?
Your body will thank you later.
Ratings and Reviews
Excellent - 9.5/10
Positives: Seems to work as advertised. Reminder is friendly and helpful (it's amazing how fast time passes by). I like that reminder covers the whole screen so I can't ignore the nag as I can with other reminder systems. As you can see in the screenshots, it lets you set your desired repeat frequencies and break lengths using a slider having discrete positions, much like Apple's slider for the Energy Saver System Preference. That's great if you like that sort of constrained selection. I would rather see a more continuous, analog selection mechanism so I'm not stuck with choices of either 15, 20, 30, 45, or 60 minutes, when I actually want to choose 18, 25, or 40, etc. Fortunately, at the end of each slider, it provides a "Custom" setting via which you can specify precisely the values you want. Sweet.
Cons: I would like to see keyboard shortcuts for the Snooze and Skip buttons so I don't have to drag the pointer to them. Really want iOS and Apple Watch versions for when I'm sitting too long in a location other than in front of my computer (e.g., snoozing in a meeting, talking at the kitchen table, chilling in front of the TV, etc.).
Overall: It's already helping me get off my budt and improve leg circulation more often than I was without it, which should improve long-term health. Worth the modest price.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.