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Desk Job—an app to encourage health and fitness in the workplace and beyond: mobile app user guide
  1. Charlene M McShane1⇑,
  2. Daniel MacElhatton2
  1. 1Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  2. 2School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Charlene M McShane, Centre for Public Health, Institute of Clinical Sciences Block B, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, BT12 6BJ, Northern Ireland; c.mcshane{at}qub.ac.uk

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Name of the mobile application

Desk Job.

Category of the mobile application

Health and fitness.

Platform

iOS (requires iOS 8.0 or later).

Cost

iOS: £0.99.

About the app

The ‘Desk Job’ app reminds users to break up their sitting time by setting an alarm to take a break (figure 1). Users can select from a range of times for both sitting (5–120 min) and break (1–60 min) periods. When a break is due, users are prompted to perform stretching or strengthening exercises of a particular body part preselected by the app (eg, ‘stretch the neck’). The app features exercises broadly categorised into different body areas (figure 2). Each exercise is accompanied by an image, a brief description of the purpose and step-by-step instructions on how to complete the …

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