We all wish we had better posture but if you are anything like me you probably have found that it is actually quite hard to maintain good posture for an extended period of time without eventually become cramped and slouched over. Regular stretching and walking around can help but remembering to do this when deep in the zone can be troublesome.
By not taking steps to improve their posture today, millions of people are opening themselves up to years of back pain and problems caused by repeated spinal misalignment and lower back pressure.
Posture Coach, Boosted Human's latest Health & Fitness iPhone app, was born out of a direct need to maintain our own posture during the long hours we spend at a desk each day. The app is very simple to use (as all good things are) and has 2 different modes of operation to suit any situation.
Mode 1 is a reminder with a variable interval. To use, you simply set how frequently you would like to be reminded and then tap the Start button to begin. The app will play a tone and/vibrate after each interval has elapsed to indicate that you should re-check your posture. A vibrate-only mode allows you to use the app without potentially disturbing people around you.
Posture tracking is the second mode of operation. To use this feature first set the required tracking sensitivity and then tap the Start button. Place the app in a shirt pocket or somewhere else where it can sit against your upper body. Now assume the posture you would like maintain.
After a brief calibration delay the app will play a tone and/or vibrate once to indicate that it has started tracking your posture. If you begin to slouch more than the sensitivity level allows for, the app will notify you using tones and vibration. Like the timer mode the tracker can also be set to vibrate only for unobtrusive use.
In addition to these two modes, Posture Coach also contains information on the benefits of maintaining good posture and help on how to use the application itself.
Posture Coach is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch.