Remember when you were a teenager and your parents/teacher/grandma would tell you off for slouching? Well, they had a point. Not only does standing upright make you look taller and slimmer, but it also gives the impression of confidence. It can even make you feel more confident by reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) and boosting testosterone.
Most important of all is the effect slouching has on your body. A stooped posture puts undue strain on your back and neck, which can develop into pain over time. The UPRIGHT GO 2 is an interesting little wearable that retrains your brain and body to naturally hold a correct posture. The device measures just 48mm long and attaches directly to your skin with reusable, skin-friendly adhesives. There are 10 adhesives included and each lasts around 3-10 days, depending on your skin type. If adhesives aren’t your thing, the company also offers a necklace option that conveniently attaches to your GO 2 device.
The 40-hour battery life is rather impressive and the lightweight design means you’ll forget you’re wearing it – until you start slouching, that is. When in training mode, the GO 2 gently vibrates as a reminder to straighten up; the intensity of the vibrations can be controlled via the companion app. Switching over to tracking mode turns off the alerts while continuing to monitor your posture throughout the day. The app itself is reasonable but could stand to be a bit more user-friendly. The data can be a little hard to interpret at first, but it becomes easier the more you use it. You can set daily personalized training sessions that last 10-15 minutes and view your posture stats, goals, progress, and more.
UPRIGHT claims that most users notice a significant improvement within just two weeks of using the device. Don’t be surprised if you come away from the first few training sessions feeling a bit achy; it just means your muscles are adapting to their new position.
The UPRIGHT GO 2 is compatible with iOS and Android, as well as Apple Watch and macOS. The six precision-enhanced sensors are good at picking up your posture most of the time, however, we noticed that it struggled with reclined angles. Watching TV on the sofa, for example, caused it to vibrate – a lot. Having said that, it did perform well during working hours, which is really what it’s intended for. This is a rather limited device in that it only focuses on posture, however, if you know this is an area you need to work on, it could become your new best friend. It’s discreet, easy enough to use, and, after a few weeks of training, you’ll naturally become more conscious of your posture and able to correct it yourself. At that point, you can decide how often you use it to ensure you maintain the habit. RRP £84.99
- 40 hours battery life
- Six precision-enhanced sensors
- Comfortable and discreet to wear
- Real-Time posture feedback
- Training and tracking modes
- Feel better physically and mentally