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elevate is a free app offering three fun, practical games a day covering skills like mentally discounting prices, listening, and word recall--essentially everything you've become terrible at since graduating.
it was also apple's 2014 app of the year.
it’s so freakin’ gorgeous. i cannot get over how pretty and delightfully complex the graphics are. so if nothing else, play it for that.
personally, the brevity game is most rewarding. for each extraneous word or phrase you remove from sentences you earn a shape.
when you’re finished they combine to form an animal or dinosaur. if being rewarded in that manner for successfully shortening sentences doesn’t make your day, then i don’t know what will.
regardless of what the action is being compared to—a habit, a disease, whatever—the fact remains that sitting for long periods is bad.
and despite my refrains of “human beings are supposed to stand” and “we're designed to walk” addressed to anyone who will listen, i realized i was guilty of sitting too much.
standing to stretch every 20 minutes sounded like the right schedule, and thus began my search for an app to remind me to, in the the words of the late Bob Marley, “get up, stand up,” periodically.
repeat timer (free!) beats them all. the design is minimalist and straightforward. plus, it has the option to repeat every 20 minutes for a maximum of five sessions, so you’re only resetting it about every hour and a half. i recommend the “service bell” chime option.
upping the ante from Pavlov’s dogs, i often find myself wondering when it’s time to stand up shortly before the timer dings.
it’s a little creepy sometimes but i feel so much better when i’m forcing myself off my butt throughout the day.
the point is—stand while you still can.