It has been an interesting process to have the time to review a piece of wearable tech, I have been able to take note not only of how the device works and its efficacy, but also gauge realistically how the average person might use it.
Overall, I’ve found using the Upright Go posture training device a useful experience. For me, it worked, and I want to explain in a little more detail how that is so.
What is the Upright Go?
The Upright Go is a posture training device. It is a discreet piece of wearable tech that sticks to your upper back. The device links to a dedicated app on your phone to help track your posture throughout the day, reminding you to sit/stand straight.
The Upright Go emits a gentle vibration whenever you slouch to prompt you to correct your posture.
The device and app also record your posture throughout the day so you can track your posture progress. Over time, the device aims to train your body into a better posture position ultimately strengthening your muscles and improving your wellbeing.
Good posture is so important for physical and mental wellbeing. It can affect your body’s performance internally and externally. Posture can also affect your confidence and productivity.
Further reading: The Benefits of Good Posture
Thoughts on design and app
I really like the design of the Upright Go device. It is about thumb-sized and attaches using reusable and replaceable adhesives. It’s a white streamlined design, that sits relatively snug on the upper back.
For a piece of wearable technology, I like that it is discreet to wear throughout the day, on most days. I can wear the Upright Go under tops or jumpers both at home and outside. It’s barely noticeable.
The only time you would see the Upright Go is if I was to wear a low back top. This I only see being an issue in the warmer months. But for me, I have long hair that I wear down so that would cover it most of the time.
It’s probably also worth mentioning that I tested this device during the winter months, I cannot vouch for how warmer or humid climates might fare in terms of the adhesive longevity. I’ll keep you posted when I try using it in the summer!
The Upright Go app has a nice easy-to-use interface. There are only a few pages to the app so it’s not too taxing to look through. The stats page gives you a snapshot of your day’s progress, including the length of time spent training, tracking, and percentage of time you managed to stay ‘upright’.
The main stat on this page is the pie chart that displays your upright vs slouched percentage of the time. And just below this is a slider of time showing what parts of the day you were upright vs slouched. Upright being green and slouched being red.
I find the pie chart and slider so useful for evaluating where I was able to maintain the best posture. For instance, an hour or so of slouched time might have been when I was lounging back on the sofa watching a tv show.
On the app, you can scroll back through the previous days to compare how your progress has been. Again, this is so useful for assessing how your posture training is coming along.
Other features of the app include a guide to good posture with a diagram and explanation for sitting and standing upright. There is a guide for calibration of the device, a guide to your training plan, settings for the vibration, a place to set notifications to remind you to use your Upright Go device.
Thoughts on using it day-to-day
As I said before, my overall experience of using the Upright Go posture training device has been positive. For me, just the thought of using the device makes me sit a little straighter. I think there is definitely a mindset shift that comes with using the device over time, it gives you an awareness of your posture that you might not have had before.
The device itself is easy enough to attach to my upper back and calibrate with the app. I keep the Upright Go in the small case on my desk so I can keep it charged when it’s not in use. I find that if you keep the reusable adhesive clean with the alcohol wipes they do last longer. There were times when I was a little lazy and didn’t do so, and the adhesive lost it’s sticky pretty quickly.
At first, I did find I was sometimes forgetting to use the Upright Go, I’d get distracted and not attach it to my back. So I set the notifications to remind me at 10 am every day to start my posture training. I find this a pretty useful setting, and I’m usually at my desk working by this point. Any earlier and I might be at the gym, still at breakfast, or journalling.
I really liked the tracking mode for assessing how well my posture performed over the day. It was a kind of mini geek-out every day when I could look back at the stats and see the little bar graph and pie chart. But apart from the geek moment, it was super interesting to compare day to day my posture performance and then think about what else I was doing or feeling that day.
I found that on days when I was particularly tired (I get occasional insomnia) my posture was pretty awful – loads of red! Whereas on days when I was feeling refreshed and healthy, I was able to maintain better posture.
Thus, the Upright Go was helpful for not only posture training but also aiding an awareness of my physical and mental wellbeing. Coupled with other wellbeing techniques I am trying out at the moment, this was an incredibly handy mindfulness tool.
For me, self-care is holistic, it is about all parts of lives and wellbeing that makes for a healthy and happy life. This device and app was a great addition to managing a healthier approach to wellbeing.
For me, the main challenges of using the Upright Go device would probably be; remembering to put the device on every day, remembering to charge the device regularly, and that it is noticeable if you wear a low back or thin top with your hair up (if you have long hair).
Otherwise I found using the Upright Go easy to use, and to integrate into my daily life. I found that it aided my overall wellbeing and mindset as well as helping to train my muscles into a better posture position.
Final result after using Upright Go for 3 months
After a few months of using the Upright Go, I can definitely say I’ve noticed an improvement in my posture. I find that I am more mindful of posture on a daily basis and I can now feel the difference in my body between a slouching and upright position.
The posture training device can take a little time to get used to, especially remembering to attach it daily and keep it charged. But the reminders within the app are useful for this.
The app is well-designed and easy to use and works well for tracking and training throughout the day.
The price point is pretty good for a piece of wearable tech and will be good value if you wear the device every day. At the very least I’d recommend wearing every other day if it’s not practical to wear daily.
As our lives become more stagnant, working at desks for long periods of time, our bodies are struggling with the consequences. Bad posture can give you back and neck problems, it impacts your internal organs, it alters your entire stance and thus can have a negative effect on your mental wellbeing.
Good posture is often overlooked but can make a huge difference to your overall wellbeing. It’s as much about a healthy body as it is about mental health. Being mindful of good posture is a super useful way to start taking care of your body in an increasingly physically stagnant way of life.