Can the Upright Go 2 improve your posture?
Michael Fassbender is one of my favourite actors; talk about range, the German-Irish actor has played some unbelievable roles over the years; a Spartan warrior in 300; A sex addict in Shame; Magneto in X Men, and a disgustingly horrible plantation owner in 12 Years A Slave.
One of my favourite roles was when he played android David in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The way David moved throughout the film, although he was a robot, really impressed me. I remember coming out of the cinema saying... “I wish I had perfect posture like that!” If you haven’t seen the film, check out this promo trailer.
I later went on to read that Fassbender modelled the physicality of David on Olympic diving gold medalist Greg Louganis. It’s funny because I feel now, more than ever, that the ‘perfect’ posture is what many of us strive for. Compliment someone on their posture today, and watch them blush.
So, what’s this got to do with Upright Go 2?
When I became a qualified personal trainer, the first weekend course I completed was Postural Correction, because I knew I wanted to target working professionals who sat for hours all day in front of a screen. Due to this, there are a multitude of health issues that can come up - in fact, work-related musculoskeletal disorders account for 24 percent of all working days lost due to work-related ill health, according to a 2018 UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) study.
What I soon realised was, that even though I was guiding clients through the corrective exercises, once they were left to their own devices, they would soon slip back into their habits, such as slouching.
One client even told me: “I really need you with me all the time Dan!”
And that’s when it hit me: being more mindful about posture during the day has to become part of our everyday lives. If even the most active gym-goers and marathon runners can encounter health complications associated with inactivity during working hours, then there has to be a better solution.
I got in contact with Upright Go 2 after reading a funny review about them here.
Initially I was skeptical about the device - you could say my ego played a hand in that, because of course, as I’m qualified, surely I know everything, right? But I knew that I had to try it, especially if it could help more than just my clients one day.
When I first received the device, I was impressed with how slick and minimalist it looked; it’s 50 percent smaller and lighter than the original model UPRIGHT put out on the market. I’d done some research on other posture trainers, but they seemed bulky and cumbersome. Once I attached the Upright Go 2 to my back with the adhesives provided (more on them later), I was ready to go. After a few minutes I actually forgot I was wearing it.
To get started I had to calibrate it with the downloaded app on my phone. This is done by pressing the Set Posture button, once you’re seated in a comfortable upright position. The visual guidelines it gives you definitely make the process super easy, so the 1-touch sync feature they mention is valid.
After you’re synced up, there are two modes to choose from:
Training: Where it buzzes each time you slouch.
Tracking: Where it simply logs your posture.
Each of the modes give you visual guides of your position/posture, but Training mode is my preferred choice, as it really helped me understand my own habits when it came to slouching. It allowed me to take immediate action, which for me is the beauty of Training mode - immediate action. That’s not to say Tracking mode is not a good function; the way the app presents the data is clean and simple, but it’s not enough for me to encourage change.
I used the Upright Go 2 for three weeks. I didn’t use it every day, especially when I had to be out and about, but I kept the notifications switched on just in case I did forget to wear it that day. Upright Go 2 recommends indoor training which is what I wanted to use it for mostly. The main thing I was surprised about was that I haven’t needed to change the adhesive strip yet. It still sticks to my back, and I’ve tried shaking it off. It does say that each strip should last between three to 10 days, and I’m on day 11, so that’s value for money already. There are another eight adhesives provided in the packaging, but once they’re done, you just push a button in the app to purchase more.
The point of my reviews is to find out whether any of the products can benefit us while we’re working, and I feel many of us can benefit from the Upright Go 2. To begin any sort of behaviour change, you first have to admit that you have a problem. By purchasing this gadget, you’re on the path to re-training yourself to spend more time in an upright static position. Also, it’s a great way to start a fun conversation with a work colleague: “Hey, wanna see what’s stuck to my back?”
I did find that I was more aware of when I was slouching, and the more I wore it, the less time I spent in slouched positions. Having said that, I am a freelancer, who constantly moves throughout the day, and it did get annoying when I had to do activities that by nature involved me slouching a little, such as brushing my teeth, clipping my toe nails (sorry, but we all have to do it), or tending to my houseplants. I’m grateful that I move around so much during the day and take regular breaks during my work day, it’s a daily habit. It’s because of this that I’ve been able to pinpoint my only problem with Upright Go 2.
It doesn’t get its user to move more during the day!
If it could somehow help us up to get up and move away from our desks more often, for a stretch, a brisk walk, or some light rounds of exercise, it would be incredible. Am I asking for too much here? Maybe, but I can’t express enough how consistent movement can benefit us while we’re working at a desk. Musculoskeletal pain isn’t the only symptom of spending long hours in sitting/standing in a slouched over posture; there’s also reduced lung capacity, high blood pressure, headaches and stress. Which can all contribute to a dip in our overall wellbeing.
So if you’re looking to make a change to your static posture, then buying Upright Go 2, might be the answer. For the price, it’s not a bad purchase, especially when you compare this to the cost of multiple trips to an osteopath or chiropractor; but for me, it’s more of a preventative measure than a cure. I would strongly suggest that if you do suffer with any of the health complications I’ve mentioned above, you seek advice from a qualified practitioner.
Disclaimer: I was gifted this product in exchange for social media content..
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