My Month with Lumo Back – Week 2
After wearing my Lumo Back for a week, I had developed a good sense of what my personal strengths and weaknesses were in terms of my posture and activity levels. Once I figured out what battles I was fighting, it was time to start facing my challenges head-on this week!
My biggest goal for the week was to really cut down the amount of time that I spend sitting each day. As I mentioned last week, I’ve claimed a standing desk here at Lumo headquarters and have been adjusting to spending much of the day on my feet. I have to admit that I currently have been wimping out sometimes and retreating to a comfy desk chair at one of the spare “normal” desks that we have in our office. We’re getting some great summer interns soon, though, so we’ll have a full house and I’ll have to commit to one desk. I’m determined to have it be my standing desk!
I’ve read numerous studies about the evils of sitting, and most put the bar for optimal maximum seated time at 3-4 hours per day. Let me tell you, reading studies about how sitting is shortening our lives as part of your job is great motivation to stand more! I was able to claim an exciting personal victory this week when I had my first weekday with less than 4 hours of sitting time! 3 hours and 10 minutes, to be exact.
I’m not consistent at all yet, since I sat for over 6 hours the next day, but knowing that it’s possible to get under that 4-hour mark is empowering. Maybe I’ll start aiming for the 3-hour mark soon!
When I started wearing my Lumo Back, I got more buzzes than I initially expected I would, but my posture has definitely started to improve already. Due to my lower back injury, I used to get a lot of pain in my back from sitting. When I follow LUMO’s guidance and make sure to sit up straight with my core engaged, my back doesn’t bother me at all. I’m sure that sitting less overall helps as well.
I must admit, however, that my standing is not always virtuous. While my default standing posture is quite straight, I have a tendency to get tired while working at my standing desk, leading me to shift around and lean forward onto my desk. This makes Lumo very sad and orange.
My daily step counts are still disappointing to me, but this isn’t something I’ve taken big steps toward fixing yet. I often participate in non step-based exercise, such as spinning classes, and I don’t always wear my Lumo Back while I work out, so my total activity levels aren’t necessarily reflected in my Lumo stats, but I’d still like to walk more in my daily life. 10,000 steps is supposed to be the magic number to strive for, but I’ll settle for a consistent 6,000 as a starting point, especially if my dedicated exercise is kept separate.
Next week, I’ll strive to stay under the 4-hour sitting mark and avoid slouchy standing, while working to increase my daily step count. Wish me luck!