Workrave reminds you to take breaks from the computer to prevent injuries


It doesn’t matter if you are a student doing homework or a person working in an office, from time-to-time during the day, we all need to take breaks from the computer screen to relax our eyes and strech our body to prevent injuries, but we tend to forget how important is this for our health, besides we all also get easily distracted when we are in front of a computer. That’s why now more than ever we need computers to remind us that there is a life outside the digital world.

Now Workrave reminds you to take breaks from the computer, so no more excuses. This is a free cross-platform program –meaning that it is available for different operating systems, in this case Windows and Linux — that is intended to help computer user to prevent or recover from carpal tunnel syndrome, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), or myopia by reminding you to take breaks, micro-breaks, and restricts you to your daily limits. Additionally Workrave has the ability to lock the screen while Miss Workrave (animated character) demonstrates some exercises that you can do during the breaks and they are so simple that they can be done anywhere.

One last thing you can also view statistics of how many breaks you have taken as well as other activities, like keystrokes and using the mouse.

Screenshot tour

Workrave - Exercises


Workrave - Rest-break


Workrave - Prelude


Workrave - Preferences

So before continue feeling uncomfortable when working in front of a computer remember to take a break and look a way for a moment or just let Workrave help you out.

You can download Workrave for either Windows or Linux from this page.


About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].