About 4 months ago, I started getting weird forearm pains in my arms. It seemed to happen worse when using a computer, or just generally resting my arms on a hard table. Anyone ever get interesting muscle aches when using the computer for long periods?
After a bit of reading, it appears I probably have RSI. That is, Repetitive Strain Injury.
Anyway, I have found an awesome program, available for Windows and Linux, called Workrave. (Sorry mac users, but I’m sure your computers are *way* too ergonomic to ever give you RSI. If they do, you could use AntiRSI.)
What these programs do is run a constant timer, and every 10 minutes or so, give you a “microbreak” that stops you from working for 30 seconds, and every hour make you take a longer break. They also show exercises to do during your breaks.
This allows your muscles to rest and prevents the RSI getting worse. Check out Workrave at http://www.workrave.org.