How mom’s advice on posture, kindness still applies later in life

Maybe you had the same experience. When I was a girl, there were two prompts my mother frequently gave me.

The first: “Stand up straight; chin up, shoulders back, stomach in.” The second: “If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.”

She might not have known it, but those two pieces of advice were more important than she imagined.

Good posture is often seen as a sign of respect and alertness – its absence a sign of laziness or apathy.

Dr. James Proodian, a chiropractor and certified strength and conditioning specialist, compares the human head to a 10-12 pound bowling ball sitting on your neck. He points out that shifting your head forward slightly, a mere 15 degrees, doubles the weight of your head on your spine. A 45-degree tilt increases its weight to 49 pounds.

The resulting stress on your spine, muscles and nerves can cause serious damage over time.


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