This Smart Wearable Improved so much More than just my Posture. {Partner}

0

The Elephant Ecosystem

Every time you read, share, comment or heart you help an article improve its Rating—which helps Readers see important issues & writers win $$$ from Elephant. Learn more.

Views 8.8
Shares 3.4
Hearts 5.2
Comments 10
Editor's Pick 0.0
Total Ecosystem Rating 4.7
16 Do you love this article? Show the author your support by hearting.
12
7.3k

This post is via Upright—Elephant’s Mindful Partner. We’re honored to work with Upright—they’re dedicated to improving our well-being through better alignment. Pssst: stop slouching! ~ ed.

 

According to Buddhism, 50% of our state of mind is dependent on our posture.

Correcting our posture is such a simple, easy to overlook, and powerful a tool to improve our overall well-being. When our mood or our energy is low, sitting or standing upright is an easy way to bring our state of mind into a happier place.

But it’s not always easy to remember or even realize when we’re slouching.

This is exactly what the clever folks at Upright designed their nifty little posture trainer to help with.

The Upright Go is a tiny, wearable bit of tech that syncs with an app to help train us to sit or stand up straight. And if you think your mom was vigilant in catching you every time you slouched, she’s nothing compared to this. But I’d definitely rather have the pleasant little vibration of the Upright Go to remind me.

How does it look, how does it work & how the heck does it feel?

Yoga teacher and Elephriend, Danielle Radulski‘s take on the Upright Go:

Honestly, when I first heard about this posture trainer and before I saw any pictures of it, I imagined some kind of medieval torture device the size of a treadmill.

And, even after I’d figured out what it actually was and seen some pictures and videos, I was still kinda surprised and quite delighted to receive my light little package in the mail.

>> Get Upright Go: your Personal Posture Trainer <<


What’s in the box?

Actually, I found the whole process of setting up the Upright Go to sync with the app on my phone ridiculously easy (and I’m pretty technologically challenged).

It really was a matter of one, two, three, and I was ready to “go.”


1. Sync your Upright Go with the app on your phone


2. Peel the cover off the reusable skin adhesive


3. Place the Upright Go on your spine, where you can reach

All you have to do from here is calibrate your device to your ideal upright posture: sitting or standing. And then…Ooooh!

The gentle vibration the device gives when you calibrate and when you posture train actually feels pretty cool, but definitely has the immediate effect of straightening you up. And you can adjust the sensitivity and vibration in the app. It’s also so light you do tend to forget you’re wearing it until it vibrates.

Mindful Bonus: I find the sensation is a handy way to bring my mind back to the present moment, too.

So, once I’d set everything up, I tried my first training session, which is 10 minutes of the Upright Go vibrating lightly every time you slouch. The folks at Upright recommend you train at least three times a week to see improvement in your posture and take at least a 40 minute break between training sessions.

When you’re not training you can switch to tracking mode and the device won’t buzz when you slouch but the app will track your posture and let you know if you’ve been slouching for more than 15 minutes. And you can wear it anywhere: sitting or standing, driving or cooking…anything that doesn’t involve water.

It’s amazing how quickly those regular training sessions improve your awareness, too. I only trained for the recommended amount of time in my first week and yet I saw improvement in my tracked posture before the week was up. On the first day I was only upright for 33% of the day (pretty shocking for a yoga teacher!), but by the end of the week, I was up to 80% (nice!)

>> Get Upright Go: your Personal Posture Trainer <<

The way it works is through biofeedback.

The principle of biofeedback is basically that we can retrain ourselves into new physical and mental habits through the process of receiving information about what is happening with our bodies in real time, so that we can achieve greater self-awareness. In this way, we learn what mental or physical behaviors have the desired effect on our physiology, which in this case is better posture.

But better posture has much further reaching effects than just our spinal health. The Buddhists are on to something, as it turns out.

As I continued to train with and use my Upright Go, I found that I was focusing better at work, feeling more energized throughout the day, and generally more uplifted in my mood and, most noticeably, my sense of self-confidence.

When I did a bit of digging, it became clear that there’s actually some research that backs these effects up. It comes down to body language.

Social psychologist, Amy Cuddy actually presented her theory in what is now one of TED Talks’ most watched videos, that “power posing”—standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident—can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.

Good Posture is Powerful

It takes just two weeks to a healthier, more confident you, according to the folks at Upright. The benefits of better posture include:

  • Improved spinal health
  • Stronger, more stable core
  • Increased confidence both inwardly (how we feel) and outwardly (how we look to the world)
  • Better focus and concentration
  • Improved self-awareness (I find myself correcting my posture a lot more now, even when I’m not wearing the device)

After using the device for two weeks, I really can see and feel how being more upright has improved my sense of well-being overall. And the Upright Go has improved my outward appearance too…


I love my Upright Go

The proof for me was when a friend took an unposed photo recently and when I saw it instead of my usual “Ugh, I wish someone had told me to stand up straight,” I thought, “Wow, I look really upright and good there.” And I wasn’t even wearing my Upright Go.

The other thing I was delighted by was the customer service and support from Upright. I had an issue syncing my device one day and they replied quickly, were helpful, and I was able to find an easy solution. I also loved the handy tips I received from their physical therapists that kept me on track, informed, and inspired.

I’m definitely a fan…and now I can also say #iamupright.


Before & After Upright Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor: Khara-Jade Warren

0

The Elephant Ecosystem

Every time you read, share, comment or heart you help an article improve its Rating—which helps Readers see important issues & writers win $$$ from Elephant. Learn more.

Views 8.8
Shares 3.4
Hearts 5.2
Comments 10
Editor's Pick 0.0
Total Ecosystem Rating 4.7
16 Do you love this article? Show the author your support by hearting.
12
7.3k

Read The Best Articles of December
You voted with your hearts, comments, views, and shares.
CLICK TO SEE WHO WON

Upright

Upright is the world leader in wearable posture trainers. Improve your posture within 2-3 weeks.

You must be logged in to post a comment. Create an account.

Khara-Jade Warren Jul 12, 2018 8:12pm

Nikki, congratulations, you are our winner! Could you please email your: 1. Full name 2. Full delivery address 3. Email & 4. Phone number to us at [email protected] and we can connect you with the lovely folks at UPRIGHT. 🙌 Would you be happy for us to do an announcement on FB about your win? Yours, Khara, Editor

Anne Skinner Jul 10, 2018 3:50am

I have a lot of pain in my neck, shoulders and back. I find if I can remind myself to check my posture it helps, but the pain makes me forget about my posture. I would LOVE TO USE THIS and REGAIN my pain free state and my beautiful posture! What a great example I would be for my Granddaughters to show the grace that comes with good posture and taking care of yourself!! PLEASE PICK ME, I will be your BEST ADVERTISEMENT and PROMOTER!!

Corrine Voice Jul 9, 2018 11:25pm

Sounds like such a cool device! I have many pinched nerves and back issues from a car accident 20 years ago, and I sit at a desk 8+ hours a day, so its not often where I'm not feeling the pain. I have been trying to work on better posture and this would be such a huge help, I would LOVE to win this!

Ellie Hedrick Jul 7, 2018 1:42pm

As a mother with two little, this could be the perfect device to help me undo the physical changes and pain I have from pregnancies and caring for them. Thank you!

Amalia Pappas Jul 7, 2018 1:34pm

As an Esthetician I bet this would be great to help my posture during treatments, and I could use a little extra help as I'm sure my morning meditations would benefit from better posture..

Shannon Robinson Jul 7, 2018 10:36am

I want to win the Upright Go, because I want to remain in alignment in all areas of my life. 🙏

Katie Christianson Jul 7, 2018 9:17am

I would love to try this product! My posture has been poor as a result of a skiing accident, carrying heavy books in backpacks, and countless hours on a computer. Despite my best efforts, I still struggle with headaches and neck pain. I have been working on improving my posture through training and yoga. Often, I will wrap myself with a yoga strap to facilitate good posture! But I usually just end up feeling tied up and restricted! I would love to give the Upright Trainer a go =).

Angela Mazza Jul 7, 2018 7:12am

I would love to give this a try! I drive about 2 hours a day to and from work and due to me being a 911 operator, I’m sitting for 12 hours a day (sometimes more). I have my watch send me alerts to stand, meditate, and monitor my breathing, and I try to do yoga/exercise on my breaks, but it would be great to have a reminder to pay attention to my posture. This is such a great concept!!

Svenja Jul 7, 2018 4:08am

Great article! I sit at my desk for about ten hours a day and get so sucked up in my work that I constantly forget to sit up straight and to be mindful and actually breathe during work hours. I'd love to win the Upright as I'm sure it'll help me a lot!🤞🏻

Nikki Stanley Jul 7, 2018 2:52am

This device could be a life saver for me. I am a recent breast cancer survivor and the surgeries have left me in a lot of pain. After having a double mastectomy it has made my posture horrible. My whole body curves inward. I'm working hard on restoring my posture because they say it can help with the pain. This device sounds like just the tools to help bring back quality of life. I would love to win this. Thanks for the possibility

April Hamlin Jul 7, 2018 2:40am

I need this ! I drive all day for work... then ride a bike for fun... talk about major slump issues!

Tamara Coad Jul 6, 2018 4:44pm

Great article 💕 I would love to win this as I know I slouch, especially after carrying around my 2 children. I would love to review this and recommend it to friends and family. Fingers crossed 🤞🏼

Layla Ochoa Jul 6, 2018 3:47pm

Oh my gosh.. if this works I’m going to call it magic. ✨ My posture is horrible and has caused problems with my neck, spine and upper back. I’m SO excited to try this!!