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LUMOback: Preventing Back Injury and Enhancing Lifestyle

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Is there anything worse than some health fanatic perpetually clothed in Under Armour telling you that you have “posture that will cause an injury one day”? Yes, there is. Actually contracting an injury by that bad posture is worse.  A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings medical journal reveals that back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor. So, though health fanatics making critical observations about your lifestyle may be annoying, they’re right, unfortunately.

LUMOback

LUMOback

The Lumoback Posture Sensor is a solution to the problem, and it’s a solution that doesn’t involve much thought or commitment. Lumoback monitors your movements and vibrates when you slouch to make you aware of your mistake. It calibrates to sitting, standing, walking and running posture, and scores you on your posture throughout the day to help you meet both long and short-term goals for your back.

The best part? It connects to your smartphone via app and actually shows you what you’re doing wrong, as demonstrated by a stick figure, so you can accurately correct your posture. Short of being followed around by an orthopedic doctor, the LUMOback is the only surefire way to keep tabs on your posture 100% of the time. I seriously doubt there is even one human being on this earth, except maybe a Kung Fu master, that has perfect posture 100% of the time. An indication of poor posture that could and will eventually cause significant and irreversible damage to a person’s back is a feature God himself should have uploaded us all with, but alas, we are on our own to achieve that ability.

Real-time avatar demonstrates wearer's posture.

Real-time avatar demonstrates wearer’s posture.

The little belt also counts your steps, keeps track of how many times a day you stand, tracks your sit time, and watches how long you sleep. With these features, the LUMOback doubles as a weight loss gadget, providing awareness of one’s lifestyle as it pertains to activity levels.

It’s no surprise that someone like me, who has terrible posture and is trying to adjust it at this very moment, finds those accessories appealing. My bad posture is complete with the whole package of anti-healthiness. From sugar benders to long weekends on the couch, I fail at being a proper human with a proper lifestyle. Obviously I’m no health nut, not even close, but I am definitely aware of the fact that my back is headed down a dangerous and undesirable path of self-inflicted damage. That’s probably why those Under Armour guys constantly judge me.

One might ask why we must be aware of our posture all the time. Shouldn’t our bodies straighten themselves out on their own? Aren’t we built this way because it’s perfect and efficient? The answer is a resounding no. Evolutionarily, humans are nowhere near finished. We are cursed with a spine meant for a four-legged creature, but in an upright body. It’s one of those caveats of bipedalism, right up there with horror film-like child birth. [Cringes]

I just caught myself slouching for the fourth time in the past ten minutes. I’ll take a Lumoback immediately, please!

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