We slouch at our desks, on the couch watching TV, sometimes just standing and talking to friends – the list can go on and on, but over time it’s simply not good for our backs and can cause all sorts of health problems if we don’t take care of it. Why is posture important for out health, our appearance and our mood?
As a tall person myself, I sometimes caught myself slouching without even knowing it; a definite sign that I needed to do something about my posture. After a little bit of research, I came across a product called Lumo Lift, which claimed to be:
“The small, lightweight wearable that coaches you to great posture to look, feel, and be the best version of yourself.”
It sounded pretty awesome and like something I could definitely benefit from, so I ordered one to give it a try on my own. I wrote another post about discovering Lumo Lift that you can read here.
The Lumo Lift gadget
The product itself is small and well-built, and clips onto your shirt using a magnetic core so you’re not poking holes in your clothes (or bra, for the ladies).
It looks pretty snazzy, too, like an accessory all on its own, so if you want to wear it on top of your clothes it doesn’t look at all like you’re wearing a posture correcting device.
Bonus points for that, by the way. I mainly wore it on t-shirts and it looked nice and functioned just fine, so I’d say it would be great to wear on business suits or button-up shirts, too – whatever your preference is.
It does have to stay on the chest, though, so it can tell when your posture is starting to slack.
The way Lumo Lift works is simple – when it senses that you’ve been in bad posture for awhile, it gently vibrates to let you know it’s time to straighten up your act.
You can choose how long to wait before it alerts you to correct your posture, too, which is great because you don’t want it going off every two seconds. This helps train you to mentally think about how your back is performing throughout the day.
You’d be amazed at how many times it vibrated when I initially got it, which told me everything I needed to know about my tendency to slouch and when.
In addition to the device itself, Lumo Lift pairs with a smartphone app to give you your posture result
s at the end
of the day so you can track how well you did (or didn’t do).
The app also tracks how many steps you take each day, how many calories you’ve burned and how much time you spend using good posture. It’s pretty cool to see these stats visually represented to you each day; it really helps you see where you need to improve to stay healthy and active.
It works! a bit too well..
I wore it all the time while doing a number of things at home and work – sitting, standing, riding my bicycle, etc. It was good practice to help me become efficient at correcting my posture… but I became annoyed over time because it seemed to vibrate all the time!
“but I became annoyed over time because it seemed to vibrate all the time!”
It turns out my posture isn’t that great, and when the device was buzzing more and more frequently I felt myself becoming distracted to focus on that instead.
Sometimes, it felt like I had to stand up too straight in order to get it to stop buzzing at me, which was just uncomfortable and made me feel a little awkward.
It was for this reason that I actually stopped wearing it in the end; that, and the fact that there is no on/off button for the device itself. It does come with a rechargeable battery and a charger, which is nice, but if you forget to put it on the charger at the end of the day it simply runs out of juice.
This means that when you want to use it again, you just can’t or you have to wait for it to be fully charged but the battery does last for five days at a time.
My final review of Lumo Lift is that it’s a great little device to help you stand proud and tall, but my not using it anymore is a sure sign that I’ve not developed this habit into my daily life. Well, at least not yet. Right now it just lies around collecting dust, but you never know.. Maybe I’ll give it another chance someday.