This week, I got the Lumo Lift tracker, which is a wearable posture and activity monitor. Since an activity monitor is nothing new (similar to Fitbit), I focused mainly on the posture aspect. The wearable piece is a magnetic clasp that attaches to your clothing. According to its video introduction, the device has an accelerometer that monitors how far you shift from your target posture, and reminds you to straighten up accordingly.
Installation is very straightforward. First, you download the Lumo Lift app onto your smartphone (iOS and Android-supported). Then, you hook the Lumo Lift device to its USB charger, which should automatically sync to your phone via Bluetooth. I had some trouble initially syncing the Lumo Lift with my iPhone, but my fiance was able to sync his Android without any problems. The current 2.0.3 update (since Nov 28, 2016) on the iOS app might be glitchy, but that should be fixed soon.
Testing it out
After installation (~15 min), the Lumo Lift should be ready to go! You attach the Lumo Lift to your shirt, right underneath the collarbone. The instructions recommend more form-fitting shirts for optimal tracking. Once attached, you set your target posture by clicking once on the device. Every time you slouch or deviate from your target posture, the device vibrates to remind you to stand up straight again. The app allows you to customize the posture feedback delay (amount of time you can spend slouching before it vibrates again). It also tracks the amount of time you spend in good posture, so you can hit daily goals. One battery charge lasts about 2 days.
The first day I tried it, my Lumo Lift vibrated non-stop.
I realized that it’s difficult to eat with, since I’m constantly leaning forward with my arms even if my back is straight. Typing on the computer was also difficult at first, since my arms naturally slant at an angle. But the nice thing is, you can constantly reset the target posture by clicking on the device every time you move into a new standing or sitting position. My back was so sore since I was using back muscles I never even knew existed.
I actually forgot to wear my Lumo Lift to work the second day, but I was suprisingly self-conscious about my posture! I made sure to adjust and straighten my back every time I sat down or stood up. When I got home, I wore it to go lifting in the gym. I set the posture delay to one minute so it wouldn’t vibrate each time I bent forward. My back felt less sore than it did the first day.
It’s like having your mom constantly reminding you to sit up tall, except way more discreet.
It’s only been a few days since I started wearing my Lumo Lift, but there’s no doubt in my mind that my posture has improved dramatically. I went to dinner with friends the other night and was self-aware of my posture at all times. I like to wear it to work during the day, and when I get home, I take it off for a while so I can lounge on the couch or watch Netflix without feeling guilty. And my back feels less sore each day, which hopefully means my back muscles are adapting to their new roles.
I’d highly recommend this nifty device for Fitbit fans or anyone who wants to improve their posture. If you’re interested in getting one for the holidays, you can get one on Amazon for $78.99!