Stretch is an interval timer that helps users build customisable stretch routines.
Make it easy to create and follow custom stretching routines
People managing chronic pain and rehabilitating injuries are often prescribed targeted stretches with precise hold durations. These programs can be awkward to follow, particularly when the number of repetitions and hold durations vary between exercises.
This project is borne out of a personal need for an interval timer that makes it easy to follow such programs. I first experienced this issue a few years ago when I injured my lower back and was recommended stretching to ease the pain and advance my recovery. I often found myself using a combination of the Notes and Timer apps on my iPhone. I knew there had to be a better and easier way to follow custom stretching routines.
- help people tailor their stretching practice;
- reduce symptoms of chronic and acute pain;
- support injury recovery;
- and improve user mobility, range of motion and flexibility.
I first sent out a survey to understand whether other people were experiencing similar issues to me. I wanted to know if others would benefit from an easier way to follow medically prescribed stretching routines.
The survey probed respondents about their current stretching practice, what motivates them to stretch and how the experience could be improved. I recruited participants via flexibility, pain management and injury recovery communities on Facebook and Reddit. A total of 124 people (68 female, 56 male) responded and completed the survey.
of people experiencing chronic or acute pain use stretching as a pain-management tool.
follow prescribed routines using a written list of exercises.
switched from in-person classes to video tutorials since Covid-19 forced gyms and studios to close.
I summarised the findings into three personas, each with different characteristics and reasons for using Stretch. They helped me build empathy with my user group and determine which features to prioritise.