The Photographer’s Secret to Being Photogenic

Very few of us are natural born models and know exactly what to do when come face to face with a camera. In fact, it takes a whole lot of self awareness and confidence to work your camera angles and score those million dollar shots consistently. If you’re one of these people, kudos to you!

For the rest of us though, more often than not, we’re deleting and untagging ourselves from unflattering photos that otherwise would have been a great picture — all because of that ill placed arm, uninvited double chin, or uncomplimentary posture (the list goes on).

Luckily, we’ve teamed up with up and coming SF based lifestyle and wedding photographer, Christine Sargologos, for a round-up of the best tips and advice for picture perfect poses for every part of your body.

The Statement Piece That Will Never Go Out of Style

Cue the flashing lights and roll out the red carpet because the Fall New York Fashion Week is finally here! For many of us, this iconic event marks the bittersweet end of Summer as we ogle over next seasons greatest fashion trends. The exciting line up this year with up and coming designers like Meskita and Kempner, as well as the renowned classics like Calvin Klein and BCBGMAXAZRIA are bound to serve up some real eye-candy —  leaving us craving sweater weather and the cooler autumn season.

As we focus our attention on the jaw-dropping beauties of the models and garments walking down the runway, though, it’s important to remember that fashion and style isn’t all in the seams. We have a tendency to focus so much on the details of what we’re wearing, like brand, value, size, color, that we overlook what it really means to be stylish and fashionable. Confident.

Lumo Lift: The Back Story

A common question we get at Lumo BodyTech is why we chose to focus on posture and what the inspiration behind the Lumo Lift was.

One answer is that poor posture is one of the number one contributors to back pain and a shocking 80% of the US population suffers back pain at some point during their lives. With so many of us spending long hours in front of desks and computers, the need for a solution to poor posture is growing each year.

However, our connection to posture is more personal than just a painful statistic. In fact, many of us here at Lumo BodyTech have, or had, battled back pain ourselves and found first hand that good posture is an effective solution and prevention method for back pain.

2015 Posture Challenge!

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We invite you to make a commitment to better posture and workplace health. We have partnered with Facebook’s workplace health guru, Daniel Lord, to bring you four weeks of posture and activity tasks geared towards improving the following:

Why Is It So Hard to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Why Is It So Hard to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions?

iStock_000026307257_SmallAbout half of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions for 2014. You may be one of them, and even if you aren’t planning to make resolutions this year, you’re probably familiar with the routine: You get inspired by the fresh start of a new year and set lofty goals of all the ways that you’re going to change your life. This is the year that you’ll finally drop those extra 20 pounds, run a marathon, and get your budget in order. And most people start out strong, shunning chocolate cake and hitting the gym. However, within a few weeks, motivation often starts to wane and sticking to those resolutions becomes more difficult.

So why is it so hard to keep your New Year’s resolutions? First of all, we often try to make sudden, big changes to our lives. While the symbolism of the new year as a fresh start is a great idea, the reality is that very little is likely to change about your routines between December of one year and January of the next. Humans are creatures of habit, and when we are used to doing something the same way all the time, it’s difficult to suddenly shift and do something completely different.

Therefore, if you currently avoid exercise like the plague, it’s incredibly difficult to immediately throw yourself into a routine of hitting the gym five days a week, and even harder to stick with it. Think of it this way: you probably don’t have to put much thought into daily habits like taking a shower or brushing your teeth, right? Well, the same goes for less-virtuous habits. If you always visit the vending machine at work in the afternoon for a candy bar, that becomes second-nature and it’s hard to break the status quo.

We tend to expect behavior change to be instantaneous but it really takes time to change habits. When we aren’t able to stick to our resolutions perfectly right away, we often get frustrated or discouraged and decide to just throw in the towel. However, it doesn’t have to be that way! Check out these tips on how to set better New Year’s resolutions and avoid the roadblocks that you’ll face on the way to achieving your goals.

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Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.

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How to Set Better New Year’s Resolutions

How to Set Better New Year’s Resolutions

iStock_000016378483MediumLooking to set better New Year’s resolutions so that you can stick with them? Follow these easy guidelines:

1. Be realistic: Think about whether the resolution is something that you really can fit into your life.

Ex: If you hate mornings and already struggle with your morning routine, maybe six a.m. is not the best time for you to vow to go running for an hour each morning. Aim to set goals that you can realistically envision fitting into your existing lifestyle.

2. Set concrete goals: Instead of saying, “I’m going to spend less money,” set an actual target, as well as a timeframe for accomplishing your goals.

Ex: Vow to save $1000 over the next 6 months for a summer vacation.

3. Track your progress: Knowing how you’re doing can be a powerful motivator, so be sure to keep tabs on your progress.

Ex: Using an activity monitor like Lumo Back can help you track your daily steps over time as you work toward your resolution to be more active.

 4. Hold yourself accountable: Many people find that a bit of extra accountability helps them stick to their resolutions. Consider making your resolutions public to your friends and family for support, or team up with a close friend you trust and hold each other accountable. Committing money to a resolution can also make you more likely to stick with it.

Ex: Shelling out money for 3 months of personal training could help motivate you to stick with your fitness resolution.

Start your positive habit change today with Lumo Lift

Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.

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How to Choose the Best Bag For Your Back

 How to Choose the Best Bag For Your Back

For students, back-to-school season is a time for new school supplies, new books, and maybe a new backpack to stow all of these goodies. It probably comes as no surprise, however, that the heavy backpacks and bags that young people carry to school can have painful consequences to their back health and posture. Students are not the only people at risk, though. Many of us carry heavy purses and bags every day, toting everything from our laptops and files to our lunches and gym clothes. These heavy bags can be a real pain in the neck…and shoulder, and back!

But fear not! We’re here with tips to help you pick a better bag for school, work, or play.

Lighten Your Load

Lighten Your LoadThis is perhaps the most obvious tip, but start by being honest with yourself about what you really need to carry with you. Experts recommend carrying no more than 10 percent of your body weight, so a 160-pound individual should aim to carry less than 16 pounds.

This is one case when less is more: remember that things like laptops, tablets, power cords, books, and water bottles are heavy and can quickly add up. Think about what you really need for the day and carry just that.

Avoid bags that are heavy even when empty, such as large leather purses or bags with lots of heavy buckles.

Test Drive

Your bag is an important purchase, so do your due diligence. Trying on an empty bag won’t give you a good sense of how comfortable it will feel once you’ve stuffed it full and are schlepping it all over town.

Before you buy a new bag, test it out thoroughly by filling it with all of the things you plan to carry on a regular basis. If the straps dig into your shoulders, it lies uncomfortably or awkwardly against your body, or it leaves you lopsided and off-balance, it’s probably time to reconsider your selection.

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When selecting a purse, aim for a structured bag that holds your belongings securely in place and fits comfortably under your arm or falls at waist-level. Trendy oversized bags aren’t inherently bad, as long as you resist the temptation to overfill them, so be realistic with yourself. Avoid always carrying your purse on the same side of your body and try to get into the habit of alternating sides.

Master the Messenger

Like many purses, messenger bags can be problematic because they cause you to carry weight with one side of your body. This can throw you out of balance and strain your neck and one shoulder. To avoid this, look for a bag with a well-padded strap and remember to alternate sides so that you stay balanced.

Buy a Better Backpack

backpackIf you really need to carry more than 10 percent of your body weight, a good backpack is probably your best bet.

Look for a backpack with wider, padded straps and remember to always wear both straps so that the weight of your load is evenly distributed to both sides of your body. Tighten the shoulder straps so that your bag sits higher and rests firmly against your back. If your bag is especially heavy, consider a bag with a chest strap to help lift some of the weight off of your shoulders and ease back pain.

Start your positive habit change today with Lumo Lift

Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.

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Demystifying the Quantified Self

Demystifying the Quantified Self

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You may have heard the term “Quantified Self” being thrown around recently; we use it quite a bit ourselves here at LUMOback. But what does it mean? And how can it help you improve your life?

What is the “Quantified Self” Movement?

As technology advances at a dizzying pace, our ability to monitor and track the many aspects of our daily lives is growing. While the human desire to track and monitor our health and habits is nothing new, technology has made it easier than ever to do so. We’re now able to passively collect and record valuable data about ourselves. From fitness to finance to mood changes (to posture!), there’s an app or device to track just about anything. Surfacing this data via devices and apps has become increasingly popular and has grown into the “Quantified Self” movement.

The term “Quantified Self” was first coined in 2007 by editors at Wired Magazine and refers to the collection and processing of data about one’s daily life. The community of devoted self-trackers is ever expanding, with meetups and conferences in dozens of cities around the world.

Why Track?

The technology involved in the Quantified Self movement empowers people with heightened self-awareness and supports us as we strive to be the best possible versions of ourselves. Collecting data about ourselves allows us to make informed decisions about our daily behavior.

For example, collecting information about your food intake, productivity and mood could help you understand how the food you consume affects your body. Does your morning latte actually make you more productive? Does that 3pm candy bar send you into a grumpy 4pm slump? The ability to draw connections between your behaviors can help you understand yourself better and make the smartest decisions possible.

LUMOback Activity Tracking

LUMOback Activity Tracking

Turning these valuable insights into actionable data can encourage us to make small behavior changes that result in big improvements in overall health. For example, tracking the number of steps you take each day can help you become more aware of your daily activity and lead you to strive to be more active.

After all, we can all use a little bit of extra help for health!

 

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Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.

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