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Travis: We’re back with Jill Herzig, Editor in Chief of Redbook magazine and we’re going to talk about another issue that affects your health, your job. And people are always thinking about the connection between your job and your health, but it’s huge. Jill: Yeah! I mean in this economy world are really grateful to have jobs but they can be really, really brutally hard in their bodies. And it’s important not to just come home and say I feel achy, I feel uh! And then just plop yourself in the couch and trying to forget about it. You got to actually try and change how you behave at work and how you use your body so that you don’t have problems lately. Travis: So you’re going to talk about 2 different types of jobs? Jill: Absolutely! Let’s start with staying at home, take care of the kids. The one of the most important jobs you can do. Jim: And the hardest jobs too. Jill: And the hardest job, physically very hard on you. Now you know what we found in Redbook is when we looked in to this there’s something called mommy back and it comes from stooping down, bending right from your waste to pick up a young kid. Mostly affects of moms of really little kids, they need you they’re crying, you go, you scoop them up and you could really put strain in your lower back. It’s very, very difficult, so the advice there is like any other heavy thing you want to bend down on your knees and lift from your knees. Jim: Let me actually show you guys how it works. Andrew: So you’ve done this once or twice? Jim: So this is your little toddler, he’s crying “mommy I need you, I need you!” So instead of just stooping over like that you’re going to hurt your back. Just like any time, any large load, kid or anything else. Bend your knees and then there you go. Jill: Especially if you’re little sack of flour is wiggling and crying. Jim: That’s ok, you’ll be ok. Andrew: And then you do some curls jam. Jill: We call them momma guns because one of the great things about being a mom is you got a ripped arms it’s pretty terrific! But you want to switch sides. Jim: Ok let’s switch sides, there you go! Jill: When I had little babies, I always held them on my left side so that I could use my right side. Because I’m a crazy multi-tasker, so I could use my right hand to write with or cook or whatever I was doing. Andrew: A cell phone! Jill: A cell phone yes and eventually it got my body a lot of whacked and then this gun was bigger than that gun. It wasn’t a good thing. Andrew: Nice guns! Lisa: Cell phones! Women are always you know, texting and now I text my son all the time and what we tend to do is to put it down here and hunch over and things like that we were texting. Jill: We interviewed the woman who actually had to change career. She worked in PR, she was so hunched over, her smart phone all day long replying to emails that she developed this horrible neck problem and it had to switch careers after 15 years in PR. So you don’t want to have this happen to you. Lisa: You can keep you doing from what you loved. Jill: Absolutely! It’s so simple; hold your device up a little higher. You don’t have to hold it up right in front of your face. You looked a little bit freakish that way. But don’t do what we all do which is to put right down on your lap because it curls your neck over at a terrible angle. Lisa: Give you headaches too. Jill: Yes! Travis: Since you have common theme here no matter what your work is at home or your work is a job where you’re counseling on your cell phone its all about the back. You’re bending over too much, you’re bending over to pick things up, keep your back straight and you’re save yourself long term problems. Jill thanks you so much for sharing these tips. Jill: Absolutely!