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Even as a young teen my mom would comment on my terrible posture. I didn’t mean to have bad posture. All I knew is that it hurt my back if I sat up straight for very long. As a young teen, I interpreted that to mean I shouldn’t sit up straight for very long.
So I slouched.
And I slouched.
And I slouched some more.
As my posture got worse, my muscles and tendons got shorter. I wasn’t making them stretch out and they sure as heck weren’t going to stretch themselves.
By the age of 18, around the same time I finished growing, I was beset with some pretty serious, chronic back pain. By the time I was 21 it was so bad that normal, everyday movements would leave me in pain, and manual labor would debilitate me for the rest of the day.
Fast forward to now. My bad posture has contributed to and also been exacerbated by my back pain through the years. Thankfully, I’ve learned a lot since my early 20’s and have done a lot of stretching and strengthening my muscles.
As parents, good posture can be difficult to maintain when we find ourselves constantly holding a child on one hip, holding or nursing a child, constantly having to look down because the people we interact with all day long are less than three feet tall.
All this (plus the other causes: being on our smartphones and computers constantly) makes posture really difficult to correct. It is the cause of much of our back and neck pain.
Lumo Lift Review
This is where a device like that Lumo Lift comes into play. Lumo Lift by Lumo BodyTech is a small wearable posture device that reminds you whenever you need to straighten up. Lumo Lift is your wearable posture coach. As a bonus, it is also and activity tracker, tracking the number of steps you take during the day!
The Lumo Lift conveniently clips onto your shirt. Ladies can wear the Lumo Lift attached to their bra strap for completely inconspicuous posture coaching.
Slouching? Rotating your shoulders inward? Lumo Lift will vibrate (much the way a smartphone vibrates) to remind you to straighten up and pull your shoulders back.
Check out my Lumo Lift review on YouTube and see how the Lumo Lift works…
Here are some of the things I love and don’t love about the Lumo Lift:
- Lumo Lift is extremely easy to set up.
- You can easily reset Lumo Lift with a double tap to prevent it from misreading your posture. For example, if I’m riding my bike, I get on my bike, get in biking position and give Lumo Lift a quick double tap to set it. When I get home and am upright again, I double tap once more to reset my posture.
- It is small and inconspicuous.
- Tracks your steps too.
- Compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows
- Affordable: Currently, the Lumo Lift retails for $79.99. Great price for a combination posture coach and activity tracker. It has the added benefit of cutting down on future massage, chiropractic, and doctor expenses.
- I notice a difference in accuracy when worn on my shirt vs. worn on my bra strap. It’s much more effective on my bra strap. Not a drawback for the ladies, but might be for the guys.
- My purse strap occasionally rests against my Lumo Lift and turns it off.
When you use the Lumo Lift in conjunction with the steps below, you’ll find your posture quickly improving, and your back pain quickly decreasing.
3 Things You’re Doing That are Killing Your Posture
So, what’s throwing off your posture?
Here are some No No’s when it comes to posture:
Crossing your legs when sitting: The position that almost every woman and many of the guys assume when sitting is actually really bad for your spinal alignment. It is a habit that I’m working really hard to break. If you ever sit next to me and notice that I’m really fidgety, it just because I am constantly crossing my legs, and then remembering that I don’t do that anymore.
Spending a lot of time on your smartphone: Brought to you by the makers of “text-neck”. Spending a lot of time craning your neck, looking at your smartphone can put a lot of pressure on your back. The further forward your head is tilted, the more weight you are forcing your spine to support. Using your phone a lot also encourages your shoulders to rotate inward.
Avoid sitting for long periods of time: I know, I know. I’m a blogger. I sit at my computer a lot of the day. My husband is a psychologist. He sits in his chair most of the day listening to people. If you have to sit for long periods of time, try sitting on a balance ball or an ergonomic chair. Take frequent breaks to get up and move around. My husband makes sure to do some push-ups, sit-ups, or uses his hanging hold in between clients.