This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALEX Wearable Posture Tracker and Coach. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you ever paid attention to your posture? Try standing perfectly upright with your shoulders back and imagine balancing a book on your head. It feels odd, almost wrong, and is about as much fun as flossing. It seems like we sit more than ever, hunched over desks at computers or at phones and tablets with our heads down and our shoulders rounded. Hours and hours a day allowing our bodies to contort in a way they just weren’t designed for; it’s no wonder we suffer from neck and back pain.
But we have to work, right?
And technology isn’t going anywhere. So instead of avoiding the things that cause poor posture, maybe we just need to make a more conscious effort to correct it.
Before we talk about how to correct poor posture, let’s look at some of the adverse effects of poor posture. Do you suffer from any of these?
The Negative Effects of Poor Posture
- The apparent effect of poor posture are aches and pains in your neck, shoulder, and back, but slumping can affect your body in others ways too.
- Slumping can cause depression, make you more nervous, fearful, sleepy and sluggish1. Sort of like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your body language sends subliminal messages to your brain, lift your head and pull your shoulders back and you will feel much more confident and secure.
- Poor posture not only affects your attitude, but it can also affect how other people perceive you as well2. This perception can affect your career potential and probably even change your personal life as well. First impressions matter!
- Slouching can also affect your digestion, cause circulation problems and even make you look heavier than you are2. Improper spinal alignment due to sitting “crunched” can pinch nerves and constrict blood vessel which causes pain and can prevent nutrients and oxygen3 from getting where it needs to go.
- Bad posture can reduce your life expectancy2 because it can increase your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
How to Correct Poor Posture
Trying to correct poor posture on your own is next to impossible. Consciously not slouching lasts about 32.5 seconds, or until something distracts you and you find yourself slumping again. Some chairs offer lumbar support or other back and shoulder aligning devices, but they don’t correct your neck, so they only address half the problem.
It would be helpful if you could have someone stand behind you and correct you every time you started to slouch. A smack on the back of the head would be nice, but even a whispered reminder would be effective. But unless you can afford to hire someone to shadow you for the sake of your posture, that’s not a realistic option.
Thankfully, there is a brand new device that acts like someone is right over your shoulder, alerting you every time your posture is not ideal. It is called the ALEX Wearable Posture Tracker and Coach, and it will help you build good posture habits and help prevent text neck.
The Alex Wearable Posture Tracker is a device that you wear almost like wearing glasses backwards. It hooks onto your ears and rests on the back of your neck. It is entirely adjustable so you can find the perfect fit for your head shape and size.
Alex pairs on your smartphone with a free app (compatible with Android 4.4 or later and iOS 8.0 or later). It’s super easy to setup; it takes just a couple of minutes.
The app allows you to calibrate and configure Alex to suit your alert level and goals. Reminding time, poor posture angle and vibration (on or off) can be set within the app.
As you wear Alex, it provides real-time neck monitoring with a gentle vibration when your posture gets weak. It detects if you bend your neck or move your head forward. The app tracks your daily activity and over time this will help you see that your posture is getting better.
Getting used to the Alex tracker went relatively smooth for me. It didn’t take long for me not to notice that I had it on – well, except for the vibration when I repeatedly had poor posture. But even that didn’t last as long. Within about 1/2 hour I found that I was slouching far less than when I first put it on. I was amazed that the Alex tracker began to work that quickly helping me unconsciously correct my posture.
Do you suffer from text neck or other effects of bad posture?