Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Free App and #Giveaway: Get in Shape--At Your Desk! @fitnessfoxlynn @breakpal

When you work all day, it is hard to find time to exercise.  By the time you get home, there is dinner, homework, kids' activities, laundry and more.  By the time you are done, you are usually ready to just veg in front of the TV or hit the bed.

But what if you could figure out a way to exercise during the workday?  What if you could do it at your desk?  And what if you even had someone to not only remind you to exercise, but would demonstrate the exercises and do them with you?  Oh sure, you probably can't get away for a half-an-hour a day to exercise...or can you?

With Break Pal, you can.  Break Pal is designed for you to exercise easily in your office for a half-an-hour to an hour or more a day by doing simple, but effective exercises a couple minutes at a time.  The way it works is pretty simple.  You sign up and use either on your computer or iPhone app (Android app on the way).   Log in when you get to the office, schedule your break interval for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes and start the timer.  At the scheduled time, a window pops up (make sure you have allowed pop ups) when a set of exercises types to choose from.  Next you choose the type of exercise; Yoga, Cardio Kung Fu, Chi Gung or Miscellaneous.  Don't worry if you don't know any of those--it will be explained.  You will then get to chose the actual exercise.  The exercise is demonstrated in a video and then you join in alongside.  The exercises are all designed to be done at your desk, with no equipment necessary.  Once you do the exercise, the timer automatically resets itself.  The exercises only last for 2-5 minutes.

Not able to do the exercise when it is time?  Just click the button to give you five more minutes.  And if you are one to easily forget, you can request that Break Pal send you an email reminder to turn it on every morning.

Break Pal even has a free option for you to get in and try out.  However, if you upgrade, you get many more exercises to choose from (and they keep adding more and more).  Also, with the upgrade, you will have improved quality videos.

The program is also built around a social networking site that allows you to have workout buddies for additional motivation.  Knowing that someone else can see what you are doing, will motivate you to do more.  And, when you work out, you get a point.  Points eventually expire.  To keep up your points, you will need to keep working out!

My take on it:  Break Pal is ingenious!  By doing a few minutes of exercise over the course of an hour throughout the day, you can easily get 30-60 minutes of exercise--all at your desk!  (They call it deskercise.)  The exercises are not difficult to learn, but do give you a workout.  Of course, some exercises are more challenging.

Break Pal has made me aware of not only how long I am actually sitting at my desk, but how quickly I get tight and fall into bad postures, etc.  Not to mention how fatigued I begin to feel working on the computer.  By doing the Break Pal exercises, I feel rejuvenated, the cobwebs clear and the exercises definitely are effective in getting me in better shape.  I feel I am more productive and definitely am in a better mental state.

If I was an employer, I would definitely want this for my employees.  I believe that productivity would improve as well as the attitudes of employees if they used Break Pal.  I would encourage them to use it daily and set up some type of reward system.  Seriously, you wouldn't believe what people will do for a chance at a water bottle or t-shirt.

Anyhoo, the people at Break Pal have kindly offered a giveaway for a one-year membership for the premium program.  Simply enter the easy Rafflecopter giveaway below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure:  I have been provided a premium membership to facilitate this review.  As always, this review contains my honest opinion.  

1 comment:

Hobbies on a Budget said...

What a great idea to stay fit while working at a computer. I would love to try this. I love the idea of teachers using this with their students.

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