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Most of us don’t realize we’re slouched over until one of two things happens: We either look in a mirror, or we start to feel that inevitable neck and back pain that comes from constantly being hunched over. Slouching does so much more than hurt your back, though: It can also lead to incontinence, heartburn, constipation and slowed digestion.
"Slouching puts pressure on the abdomen, which can force stomach acid in the wrong direction," gastroenterologist Dr. Kyle Staller shared in a Harvard Medical School Health Letter. "And some evidence suggests that transit in the intestines slows down when you slouch.”
The hardest part about maintaining better posture is remembering to re-adjust if needed. No need to set timers or tape a ruler to your back: Rather, invest in a posture trainer. Not only are they discreet, but they help create training programs so your posture improves over time, and you’ll have lasting results. While they’re normally pretty pricey, the Upright Go 2 is currently on sale at Amazon for $80, or 20 percent off the original price of $100. You have to hurry though: This is Amazon’s deal of the day, which means you only have until tonight to take advantage.
Simply attach the Upright Go 2 posture trainer to your back, and get immediate feedback about your current posture on your smartphone. It’ll gently vibrate when you slouch, so you’ll know exactly when you need to straighten up. You can use the app to track your progress, customize a training program, and adjust sensitivity and vibration.
“This thing is frustrating to use... but guess what? It should be. That's the point,” one Amazon shopper shared. “Overall I do feel my muscles building up that allow myself to sit more upright.”
The shopper also shared a word of warning: It’s exhausting!
“Try to make it to two weeks!” he shared. “At five days, you'll be super tired, but keep going!”
Another shopper noted a surprising side effect: It might improve your relationship with your mother:
“If you are tired of your mother nagging you about your posture, this product is for you!” the reviewer noted. “It is more relentless than your mother, and may take some strain off of your relationship.”
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