Lumo, a self-described “bodytech” company, has unveiled a sensor that can correct the running posture of wearers. Runners, both professional and leisurely, can use the sensor as a sort of running coach to improve sessions.
A Tech Solution to One of the Most Prevailing Fitness Problems
Most people are encouraged to jog or run to stay fit and keep chronic illnesses like heart disease at bay. The average Joe or Jane starts running without actual professional help. Some may only seek medical advice with regards to existing medical conditions such as heart strain. However, no one really asks the doctor if they are running properly.
We think of running somewhat like walking—that it is an activity we are intimately familiar with. After all, almost everyone has experience running, at least as children. However, many adults who run suffer from posture problems. The form is very important to keep running sessions effective. The wrong running form can create new medical problems for the runner, rather than alleviate them. The wrong running posture can cause medical problems ranging from joint pain to possibly debilitating injury.
Lumo’s Run sensor hopes to solve this problem for runners. Conventionally, a runner or a jogger would have to visit a professional trainer or a physiotherapist to correct a bad running form. Not everyone has the willingness, the time, or the financial resources seek expert advice in this manner. Some people may run for years in the wrong form and end up with long-term musculoskeletal issues.
Sensor to the Rescue
Lumo seeks to provide high-tech solutions to common medical issues. Lumo’s Run is just the latest in the company’s efforts to improve people’s posture and help them “move better.”
Lumo Run is a small sensor with a clip that will not be visible to anyone who is not specifically looking for it. The sensor should be turned on and then clipped onto the waistband of running pants. The Lumo Run sensor is paired with the company’s “smart pants” for runners and joggers to improve form.
Once clipped on, the sensor then measures five “lab-grade” biometric mechanics—stride, pelvic rotation, cadence, bounce, and breaks—to determine the wearer’s posture. The device’s algorithm can indicate to the wearer when his or her posture is wrong. The information provided may include tips for correcting the posture.
The sensor comes with the corresponding Lumo Run app available for Android and iPhone 5S or higher. Runners can use the sensor during sessions without the phone, as it’s quite uncomfortable for some to run with a phone. However, the sensor needs to be synched with the phone to read the biometric data.
What is High-Tech Running Really Like?
Early reviews for the Lumo Run sensor have been positive and hopeful.
Lumo Run sensor was originally intended to be worn exclusively with Lumo running shorts for men or capris for women. Now the sensor can be bought separately to be worn with any clothing the runner prefers.
Wearers can get advice from a sensor with a 10-minute test run. Once the test run is done, the wearer can get audio advice from the app. The app will tell the user (in an Australian accent) whether the strides or pelvic rotations are wrong. One reviewer explained that the app had informed her that she moved her hips side to side too much when running. Wearers can use such information to gradually improve their running posture.
The Lumo Run app can tell runners the sort of running statistics they should generate based on the averages for their weight, height, and gender. For example, if a runner hits 100 strides per minute, the app can provide comparison strides for the average runner and elite athletes. The user can adjust his or her stride accordingly if necessary.
The Lumo Run sensor is highly specific. It does not track stats such as calories burned similarly to other fitness apps currently available. The sensor focuses on the posture exclusively, as a real running or jogging coach would.