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Proper Posture - Weight of the Human Head - Visuals To Help You Prevent Back Pain - Spine Alignment
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
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
Answers.com - 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.
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?
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.
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.
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© 2011 Kelly A Burnett