This is Pausit

Pausit was founded in 2006 by Niklas Palmér, an experienced kinesiologist and osteopath. At his clinic, many corporate clients with a common denominator visited – sedentary lifestyles. Niklas quickly noticed that many clients returned with the same issues, repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) stemming from poor workplace ergonomics.

Using stick figures, Niklas provided his clients with exercises to do at home to minimize their discomfort. As the stick figures multiplied, a thought emerged to develop a tool that could help more people prevent similar injuries. That’s where the idea for Pausit was born.

A market analysis was conducted, with crucial aspects involving discussions with companies and municipalities. Understanding their needs and preferences regarding workplace wellness for the pause program Niklas was developing was pivotal. It turned out that the most important aspect was the ability to individually customize exercise sessions, and a reliable reminder function.

Clients returned time and time again with the same issues – injuries stemming from poor workplace ergonomics.

Pausit was developed based on the preferences of businesses, and all desk exercises were created in consultation with physiotherapists, ergonomists, psychologists, and orthopedic doctors.

In May 2009, we finally launched the first version. And in 2024 Pausit Coach saw the light of day for the first time. Some companies we have had the honor of calling our customers for many years are the City of Gothenburg and ABB, who have offered their employees active movement breaks for over a decade.

Pause-happy customers


500+

companies

90+

municipalities

55+

other government agencies


We have a license for all employees and the response from the various operations is very positive. Pausit really helps to take that needed break thanks to its simplicity and the exercises are easy to follow. The addition of breathing exercises has been appreciated by many and since the program is easy to customize individually in terms of both exercises and times, it suits us as a large organization perfectly.

Linnéa Nilsson Health strategist, Borås municipality

Pausit is cool! Doing a Pausit has become a natural part of the day. I sometimes have external visitors when Pausit pops up in the bottom-right corner. You just have to roll with it and ask your visitors to join you in a short Pausit. The guests are impressed by Pausit and find it to be a fun part of the meeting.

Conny Wilén IS Sourcing Manager, ABB

The Swedish National Audit Office have been using the digital exercise break software Pausit since April of 2011. In this way, the employer wants to offer all employees a chance to have their important “short” breaks from work in an easy and structured way. The employees like the software, mainly because it allows them to individually choose what exercises to do and when to do them during the day.

Anders Thidholm HR-strategist, National Audit Office

Pausit is an obvious partner in the promotion of sustainable workplaces and working life for our customers and has become a natural part of our own employees’ work day.

Peter Tigerberg Product Manager, Avonova Hälsa AB

I finally have my own personal trainer, who patiently and open-mindedly returns several times per day with the sole purpose of making me feel good! The software sees a lot of use at our Swedish head office and it is only natural for our 300 employees around the world to now also be given access to Pausit.

Gunilla Melstad HR Manager, Diakonia

Healthy employees and a more enjoyable working day are some of the reasons why we at the Medical Secretary Staffing Unit at Sörmland County Council choose to use Pausit.

Sörmland County Council

Sitting is harmful

Modern society brings about that we spend a significant part of our waking hours in a sedentary state. At home and in the car, but primarily at work, where more than half of the country’s working-age population operates in a seated position. Add poor ergonomics in the workplace, and the issues escalate.

We’re not designed to sit as much as we do. The human body requires physical activity for optimal functioning. Lack of movement and, especially, prolonged sedentary behavior are associated with several health risks. We experience ache in areas such as the neck, shoulders, and arms, and in the long run, a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to other health problems – such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and increased sensitivity to stress. It’s no wonder that sitting is now referred to as The New Smoking.

We need active breaks every day

The body benefits from stress, but it should not be too high, one-sided, or prolonged. Monotonous and repetitive tasks, such as office work, subject the muscles to light but prolonged and static stress. This reduces blood circulation and results in fatigued muscles, accompanied by pain and cramps.