The Apple Watch, one of Apple’s most recent products, has numerous functions from calling to texting to directions. One cool new feature it has is the health and fitness Activity App, which measures all the ways you move. Not only does it track all your movements, but it also encourages you to keep moving with notifications. The interface of the Activity App is set up in rings, with the goal being to complete each of the 3 rings (Move, Exercise, and Stand) each day.
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The Stand ring wants to put distance between you and the chair. To do this it shows how often you stand up to take a break from sitting. To help minimize sitting time, the watch senses when you move and gives you credit for doing so. If you sit for almost an hour, it reminds you to get up. In order to complete the Stand ring you must stand up and move for a little at least one minute in each of the 12 hours during the day.
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If you do not have an Apple Watch don’t fret! Red Davis and Hector Simpson, fans of the Apple Watch’s reminder to stand up every hour, created “Stand,” a new app for Mac. This new app has the same goal as the Apple Watch Activity App: to get you to stand up every hour.
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The “Stand” app has a simple, user-friendly interface. You choose the time in the hour that you want to be notified to stand and the app appears at that time with the notification “Time to stand up!” It is a pretty basic app, but the benefits of using it are huge if it accomplishes its goal of getting you to move around every hour.
Although we think both of these are great accessories, it is very difficult to meet your standing goals if you work at a desk job and don’t have a standing desk. Many people are concerned about the cost of a standing desk, but there are some beautiful, very affordable models at www.standeeco.com. We are adding a super affordable electronic sit-stand desk to our product lineup in the next couple of weeks, which will make these new Activity Apps even more useful.