Reporting Natalie Nyhus
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On average, people sit for 10 hours each day, more than most people sleep in a night! That’s why a St. Paul man created an app to get people up and at ‘em.
The “Time To Move” app is a simple fitness program that reminds people who are sitting all day at a desk to get up and moving around.
Andrew Berry, or Cubicle Dweller, as he calls himself, was surprised at just how much sits in a day.
“If I’m being honest, lifting that sandwich is about as much as I move doing my workday,” said the person playing the character version of Andy.
However, the real Berry said that he was still quite surprised by how often he sits. And he felt a lot of people could relate to what he was feeling.
“I sit at a desk all day, and hours would go by and I hadn’t moved at all,” said Berry.
He created his app to help interrupt “sitting throughout the day because you really need that break to get up and move.”
You set a time increment, and the app acts like an alarm clock, telling you when it’s time to move.
“It’ll take you right to an exercise to go and do. And right in here it starts tracking your time, tells you how many to do and gives you a demonstration. And if you’re still not sure, you can hit the pause button and it comes up with a description,” said Berry. “Once you’ve completed, you hit the done button and it says hey, good job.”
The app also lets you keep track of your history, email the info to yourself or post your progress on social media sites.
“There are a lot of very good fitness apps out there, but they’re not made for the true beginner. There are great apps to track miles if you’re running a marathon. I can’t do that. I’d like to someday, but I can’t today.”
Another incentive is that users are rewarded at milestones, and you can share those on social media sites as well. The app is available for smartphones and tablet computers. It costs 99 cents.