Upright GO Posture Trainer and Corrector
Most of us spend much of my time seated. Most of us do, and even seated we can start to fold over ourselves. I wanted to see how the device worked while I was at my desk, on the couch and even while I walked. We know the value of good posture, you look taller, you look more confident and you feel better. Upright Go sounds great.
The device is not the first posture corrector on the market — but unlike others, Upright Go adheres directly to the skin. Upright Go sits on the upper part of the back, right in the centre. If it’s summer, and you’re looking to improve the way you hold your neck and shoulders, you might need to rethink how or where you want to place the device unless you’re cool with the whole Matrix-chic look.
The device is not so small that you’ll lose it down a pocket or inside a backpack but small and flat enough that it’s not going to be noticeable under your clothing, or have wires that snake around to your smartphone. No one has to see it, and even so, it has a fairly clean design.
Here’s where the alcohol wipe is key. You clean off the area where you’re going to wear Upright and then apply it right on your skin. The device is sticky on the back, and it will adhere. But even walking through New York City, riding the subway, (racing for the subway) the device stayed in place. Several reviewers online commented they had trouble with the adhesive. I didn’t. But Upright says the sticker should hold for weeks. I don’t think that’s going to be true. And I changed mine every few days.
You barely feel it, you will forget it is there. You need to keep Upright charged. But it takes no more than an hour to get the device up to speed. Plug it in as you would your smartphone, at night before you go to sleep, and you’re good for the rest of the day.
Upright puts you through an 8-minute training mode after you set up the iOS or Android app on your smartphone. After the first two minutes go by without a buzz I wonder if I’m just sitting up better. I slouch on purpose and that does it. The buzzer goes off, one long alert that I feel immediately. It is not uncomfortable, but it’s noticeable. I sit up straighter. All good.
You’re supposed to use Upright Go for 15 to 60 minutes at a time. The sessions then help you hold your posture even when the device isn’t worn. You’ll feel the upright go buzzing the moment it senses your posture is off. It is quite useful and it helps you to develop processes to keep your back straight no matter what is going on around you. £We don’t recommend that you wear it while using high heels as the unit will keep buzzing at all times due to the fact your back posture changes simply because of wearing high heels.
Overall, we found Upright Go pretty useful and a device we kept returning to during the weeks we wore it. Standing up straight is something most of us try to do and then promptly forget about within 60 seconds. You could ask your grandmother to stand next to you yelling to pull your shoulders back. We think Upright Go might be a better choice. Keep in mind that you’ll want to time your sessions with the device when you plan to be fairly sedentary so you don’t set off false alarms. And keep it off if heels play any role in your day.
The UPRIGHT GO is no fix-all, and on the negative side, it could encourage a straight but stiff back. But after wearing it for several days we are far more aware of my slouching, and I now sit upright more than ever, which can only be a good thing. The transmitter is small and slim enough that it can go unnoticed even under tightest of clothes. The device does what it promises to do. Most people will see an improvement in his or her posture within a week. Eventually, you may go through an entire day without getting one “vibe,” and you will instinctually maintain good posture.