GADGET GURU

T3’S NUTTY PRO­FES­SOR OF TECH IS THE MAN TO STRAIGHTEN YOU OUT

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Come for the ad­vice, stay for the in­sane im­agery our tech sage doles out even more helpful knowl­edge than usual.

AGuru has a hunch (ha!) that you’re not a pro­fes­sional vol­ley­ball player or one of those flip­ping park­ourists, and that you spend much of your time as GaGu does: sat at a desk. This is just about the worst thing you can do for your poor skele­ton be­yond tear­ing it out and play­ing its ribs like a xy­lo­phone, and yet we all do it. So­lu­tion one, then: change your gear. Get a stand­ing desk, or try the card­board Ergo-driven Spark or some­thing more sub­stan­tial like the StarTech Stand­ing Desk Con­verter – these can turn any old sur­face into some­thing you can stand at.

If you’re go­ing to sit, park your rear on some­thing that en­cour­ages that good sittin’, rather than a dodgy of­fice chair you found in a skip. That one’s a rare free­bie from Guru’s long-suf­fer­ing os­teopath, by the way. Look to the gam­ing world for the best seats; bucket chairs from the likes of AK Racing will en­cour­age you to sit prop­erly rather than slump­ing for­ward. Once you’re prop­erly nes­tled, make sure you stay that way with the Darma smart cush­ion , which cusses you out via a Blue­tooth-con­nected app when it de­tects you flop­ping about like a moody teenager. Since pos­ture is, in most cases, a mus­cu­lar thing, long-term im­prove­ment comes from mov­ing around in the right way. En­sur­ing you stay straight when erect is a slightly trick­ier gadget task, though. You could try the Lumo Lift, a clip-on ac­tiv­ity tracker that keeps tabs on the an­gle of your up­per body and dis­creetly nudges you when it no­tices you col­laps­ing in on your­self. Lumo’s Run goes a few steps fur­ther, clip­ping to your waist­band and align­ing with your lower spine so you can pull off per­fect pos­ture while you jog. If you fancy some­thing more con­spic­u­ous, the Alex N5 dan­gles from your ears and rests on your neck, stor­ing up to four weeks of slouch­ing data in in­ter­nal me­mory.

PARK YOUR REAR ON SOME­THING WHICH EN­COUR­AGES GOOD SITTIN’, RATHER THAN A DODGY CHAIR YOU FOUND IN A SKIP

ABOVE Realign your spine with the right chair and desk choices

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