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

Updated on January 27, 2016

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

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.
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?

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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

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    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      2 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! :)

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      Dolores Monet 

      2 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 years ago from United States

      Barbara Kay,

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

    • Easy Exercise profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly A Burnett 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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!

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      Barbara Badder 

      3 years ago from USA

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

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

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

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 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 

      3 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.

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      Loren 

      3 years ago

      What a neat arleitc. I had no inkling.

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      Mike's Corner 

      7 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"!

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      lmmartin 

      7 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

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      7 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.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 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.

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Interesting hub and thanks for sharing

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Nan 

      7 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.

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