ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Proper Posture - Weight of the Human Head - Visuals To Help You Prevent Back Pain - Spine Alignment

Updated on June 6, 2020

In swim fitness, I have learned that the only part of the human body that does not float is our head. As a personal trainer, I know the importance of proper back and neck alignment. After I wrote the article Do You Have Einstein's Hunch, I came across this fantastic visual example of the effect of improper neck alignment. The visual guide above I believe says it all - improper posture is a heavy weight that we must carry. We are making life harder and weighing ourselves down with improper posture.

Isn't it interesting that the human head weighs about 12 lbs? Even more fascinating is the weight that we carry with us IF we have poor posture.

For swim fitness, it is important to note that every time we step into the swimming pool, we bring with us a 12 lb weight. For elite athletes they will bring a heavier weight with them - remember in the water the thinner you are with less body fat the heavier you are - it is essentially reverse in the water. People with a high body fat index are more buoyant and yet they still have a 12 lb weight - the weight of their head.

Retaining a personal trainer to ensure you have proper posture and gait is an investment that will pay dividends throughout your life.

Corporate wellness programs are starting to realize the benefits of having a chiropractor or personal trainer give presentations on this very topic.

It is not just lifting with your knees and not engaging your back, it is about the proper form for lunges to engage the muscles not the knee joint, it is about standing tall with your shoulder back and chin level.

Proper Posture Poster Showcasing the Weight of the Human Head

Back Pain and Proper Posture
Back Pain and Proper Posture | Source

Improper Posture Is...

Improper posture is a heavy weight that we must carry.

Employers Can Benefit From Promoting Proper Posture

Twenty years ago I retain a chiropractor for a presentation to our staff. It was exceptionally well received and the dividends in the added safety measures returned to us year after year.

If you are in charge of your corporate wellness program, if you are the safety manager, if you are the plant manager or if you are the finance manager, do encourage a program of wellness education, do encourage visual guides for exercise and health to be posted throughout your facility.

Encourage Family Members to Have Better Posture

And if you, like me, have a spouse with poor posture, speak up - hire a personal trainer - encourage a change today. That change will promote good health throughout their lifetime.

Weight of the Human Head = 11 lbs - How many pounds is equal to 5 kg

Math question: How many pounds is equal to 5 kg? 5kg=11.0231131 lb

Good Posture is FREE

Unless some misfortune has made it impossible, everyone can have good posture.
Loretta Young

Weight is Leveraged From 12 lbs to 42 lbs

Some place the human head at 11 pounds to 12 pounds.

Whatever the weight, the important item is when we walk and sit with poor posture, we can leverage the weight of our human head to more than 4 times its actual weight! Think about it - a 400% increase!

Correcting our posture can prevent back and neck pain.

Did you know the weight of the human head increases with poor posture?

See results

Head Down and Shoulders Slumped = Signs of Low Self Esteem and Poor Posture

I don't want to be the center of attention. My posture has changed. I walk with my head down and shoulders slumped. Suddenly I carry myself as if I'm ashamed of something.
Randy Harrison

Quick Take Aways

  • Posture is important to preventing back pain
  • The weight of the human head increases dependent upon our posture
  • Proper posture prevents back pain

Weight of the Human Head Can Harm Your Back

Why care about the weight of the human head? Why care about proper posture? It is simple and easy - to prevent back pain.

For you see, and the anatomy posters have proven this, the weight of the human head can harm your back.

Understanding the difference between good posture and poor posture is critical to preventing back pain.

The information is simple and yet millions of people walk around with the weight on the world resting incorrectly on their lumbar discs. Learning about the human body and how everything interrelates can help prevent back pain.

© 2011 Kelly A Burnett


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      4 years ago from United States

      Dolores Monet,

      Yes, you are absolutely correct - we do look better if we have proper posture. And for me, I will take any added height possible! :)

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      This is such a simple tip, one we learned as children - stand up straight! Good posture not only prevents back pain but gives us confidence! Plus you just look better.

    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      5 years ago from United States

      Hi StephSev108,

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I look forward to reading more of your articles. Thank you for the accolades.

    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      5 years ago from United States

      Learn Things Web,

      Yes, when we learn about our body and listen to the aches and pains we learn that we can prevent pain.

      Thank you so much for stopping by.

    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      5 years ago from United States

      Hi Suhail,

      I am so glad Mary615 share this with you and I was able to meet you! Yes, I believe it is easy to see when we analyze our loved ones. The weight is amazing - hopefully the photos helped.

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I look forward to learning more about K2 and your civil engineering background.

    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      5 years ago from United States

      Barbara Kay,

      I have to stand straighter - I am "vertically challenged"! :)

    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      5 years ago from United States

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Oh, yes, leaning over our PDAs is simple - we can rise above it and correct our posture. Thank you for joining us!

    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      5 years ago from United States

      Hi Mary,

      I actively fight this hunch so I live and breathe this problem daily.

      Yes, I do believe it is a product of age - it is through both wisdom and need that we actively watch for and work on proper posture.

    • StephSev108 profile image

      Stephanie Marie Severson 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for sharing. I need to post this all over social media. I love it.

    • Learn Things Web profile image

      Learn Things Web 

      5 years ago from California

      I never knew about this before. I guess this explains why I get bad neck pain when I don't sit correctly.

    • Suhail and my dog profile image

      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for writing this informative and an awesome article. I came on it through the courtesy of Mary615, who shared it.

      I found the article very useful and I will definitely use it as a reference when discussing this matter with my wife, who I think carries more head weight because of her improper posture, and with my children.

      Vote up!

    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the information. I need to start standing straighter.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Whoa! I had no idea. I'm sitting up straighter already. A big thank you.

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      You wrote a very interesting and informative article here. As I age, I have to be more and more careful of how I carry myself . I don't want to be an old hunched over lady!

      Voted Up and shared.

    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      5 years ago from United States

      The weight of the human head is interesting - in fact, the entire human body has more similarities than differences and yet we often miss this critical point. If we learn that posture does count toward our health, we then learn that this is truly the first step in taking care of our body.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      What a neat arleitc. I had no inkling.

    • Mike's Corner profile image

      Mike's Corner 

      9 years ago from Maryland

      I always wondered why I feel like my head is always sinking when I swim . . . great hub, very interesting. I need to improve my posture to literally "take the weight off my shoulders"!

    • lmmartin profile image


      9 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Only 12 pounds, and yet it is the center of our lives. And how important it is to carry it high, straight and proud. Interesting. Lynda

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      9 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is good to know about human head. It is like mine as I am now writing on human brain.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I haven't thought much about the weight of the human head before. Thanks for the information in this hub - I found it very interesting.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      9 years ago from Wales

      Interesting hub and thanks for sharing

      Take care


    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for explaining to us about good posture and what it does for us. Most of tend to lean over at our desk, and that's bad. Or we sit at the computer hunched over. This is a marvelous article telling us what is happening when we hunch over.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)