Is Slouching Killing Productivity and Costing You Millions?

Take a second to consider your current posture. Bring close attention to your head, neck, shoulder and spine position. Is your head hanging forward, hinging at your neck? Are your shoulders rounded in as you rest your hands on your keyboard? Perhaps your back is hunched over to be eye-level with your screen.

Keep this posture up and you’re in danger of wreaking havoc on your spine, killing productivity and putting yourself at risk of a lifetime of back and neck aches. 

How AI is Shaping the Future of Technology and Sports Performance 

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is all the rage now. With leading innovations like Google DeepMind and Apple’s personal assistant engine Siri, AI technology is quickly finding its way into household devices and technology to further enhance interactions.

One application of AI that is particularly applicable to the healthcare and sports market is this idea of real-time feedback using AI for injury prevention and performance enhancement. Coupled with deep, enriched data on human movement, this allows users to get immediate and actionable feedback on their body mechanics, even those invisible to the human eye.

The take away? Data alone is never enough; successful products that are adopted, used, and loved by people need to address the “so what?” of any given problem.

This is precisely why we created Lumo Run, an award-winning running wearable that helps runners run faster and farther with less risk of injury through form coaching.

 

Why Running Form?

Proper running form is critical, as it minimizes wasted energy and the risk of injury. When you run in poor form, the body experiences biomechanical inefficiencies, often leading to injury. Researchers have found that running with correct biomechanical form lessens the risk of running related injuries.

For example, according to a study done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an increase in cadence can significantly reduce the likelihood of knee pain and iliotibial band syndrome. In a separate study, researchers found that gait retraining, while using visual cues, decreased knee pain in their participants.

 

Lumo® Run User Data Study

In a dataset based on 8 months worth of data and containing roughly 27,200 runs from thousands of customers using Lumo Run, 97% of users improved their running form within their first three runs. In an additional data set containing 22,600 runs, we found that: 82% of men and 76% of women improve in distance and/or pace.

 

In Forbes’ recent article announcing this news, contributor Andrew Karcz notes: “But what about all this new data – do you really need yet another app to keep track of your workouts? Lumo Bodytech is working on that, partnering with other run and fitness platforms. Their goal, ultimately, is to “be where the runners are; to help everyone move better and prevent injuries,” reinforcing again, the importance of addressing the “so what” for products to thrive and succeed in this crowded marketplace of trackers and apps.

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Lumo® Run is now available for partners and businesses to integrate and customize into existing or future products to offer a unique proven running solution to their customers. 

 

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Lumo Run Data Announcement

We’re proud to announce that research done by our resident data scientist, Dr. Derek Chang, has shown that Lumo Run does indeed help users run faster and farther. Using data our Lumo Run data over the past 8 months, we’ve found:

  • 97% of users improved their running form within their first three runs
  • 82% of men and 76% of women improve in the distance and/or pace.

Announcing Strava Integration

Integrate with your Strava account so you can sync your GPS data to your Lumo Run account. Run with your GPS watch and your Lumo Run sensor, sync the GPS data with Strava, and your data will automatically be uploaded to your Lumo Run account. We love this feature because you can now get your pace, distance, and route data into Lumo Run while leaving your phone at home.

Here’s how to use this feature:

STEP 1
GO TO SETTINGS > CONNECT SERVICES > STRAVA

In the Account section of your Settings, you will see “Connect Services”. Click on this to see the Strava connect button. Click on the “+” to connect with Strava.

STEP 2
AUTHORIZE YOUR ACCOUNTS TO LINK

Follow the instructions to link your accounts. Click on the “Connect with Strava” button. You will need to enter your Strava username and password, then just authorize Lumo Run to access your data from Strava.

All-New Lumo Lift App Available Now

You asked, we listened! Today we are excited to announce major updates to the Lumo Lift app, including a fresh new design, simpler settings for alignment and more. The new Lumo Lift app is available now on Google Play and the Apple App Store, so update now and be on your way to better posture.

Questions Every Runner Should Ask: A Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Shultz

Image source: Lifehacker

Running isn’t always as simple as lacing up your shoes and hitting the road. Whether you’re training for your first 5K or your tenth marathon, chances are that you will face some challenge during your running career, such as an injury or a setback in your performance. At this point, it’s critical to ask questions and find the resources that will steer you in the right direction.

Blending Consistency with Variety to Gain Peak Fitness

Contributed Post Mark Allen, Six-Time Ironman Champion, and Renowned Coach

Human beings are hardwired to become efficient at the things we do consistently. Artists perfect their paint strokes over time. It becomes easier and more automatic for a ballet dancer to perform a specific routine when practiced again and again. Endurance athletes are exactly the same. The more we do our sport, the more efficient we become at doing it. But there’s a downside to getting more and more efficient!

A Facebook Chiropractor’s Guide to Good Posture and Wearables

— Contributed Post by Daniel Lord —

Physical therapists and chiropractors can’t be everywhere all the time. Outside of our patients’ visits, we can’t be there to prod them into making better decisions, like “drink water instead!” or “sit up straight!”, no matter how much we’d like to do so. Thankfully, it’s in those moments that technology is most helpful.

8 Simple Moves to Strengthen Your Back

Chances are you’ve heard about the benefits that come from a strong core, but what about a strong back? Weak back muscles can lead to back pain (particularly lower back pain), poor posture, fatigue, limited fitness performance and even issues with the hips and legs. Fortunately, there are hundreds of exercises you can do to strengthen your back and improve your overall well-being.

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