Updated: May 11, 2020
I'll start by saying this is NOT an advert or a commissioned post. I am simply sharing my experience of a little posture corrector gadget I started using recently.
I have ALWAYS had rubbish posture - I have various theories as to why, which I won't go in to now, but I am well aware that I need to do something about it. I think I am ok when exercising, as I tune in to my body, but when I am sitting at my desk I quickly start slouching, a lot, and I don't even notice.
It is well known that poor posture can cause all sorts of problems, ranging from muscle and nerve pain, impaired lung function, poor digestion and permanent damage to the skeletal system. https://www.backfithealth.com/7-detrimental-effects-of-bad-posture/
Being in my mid-40s I know that if I don't address it I am in for big problems in my later life.
I have tried various things over the years to correct it without much success, and then a couple of years ago a new device entered the market.... The Upright Go. It's a little device that you stick to your back and it tells you when you are slouching. Now, anyone who knows me knows I LOVE my gadgets, so it immediately caught my eye. But it wasn't cheap, and I was dubious about whether it would be any good as it was too new for it to have many reviews. It also seemed quite big and not that user friendly. So I decided not to buy it.
Then at the beginning of this year I found they had released the Upright Go2, which according to their website is 50% smaller and lighter than the original. It also has:
30 hours of battery life per charge
1-touch sync with the UPRIGHT App
Real-time posture feedback and tracking
Gentle vibration reminders and muscle memory training
Long-term habit promotion for a balanced body
Easy touch adhesive keeps device in place securely
It had also come down a bit in price, so I decided, what was I waiting for....took the plunge and bought it, from https://www.uprightpose.com/en-gb/
It has a training mode, which builds up gradually and gives you real time alerts to help you stay in tune to your body's position, and then a tracking mode where you just try to remember but you can set 'long slouch' alerts. Here are my stats for today and you can see that while I have been writing this article I have been slouching!! It's still early days for me as I am un-training a bad habit of a lifetime, so I get far better results when in the training mode than the tracking, but I can say with absolute certainty that it's the best thing I have ever bought to help with my posture and I highly recommend it. My physiotherapist was very interested and impressed when I told him about it and I was surprised that it is not well known, given how effective it is, so I feel a sense of duty to spread the word.