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High Heel Health

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High Heel Health

High Heel Health

 

The story today is about high heels. And yes, guys wear shoes with heels too so its not just a problem for females.

Sexy? Yes! But, lets look past aesthetics for a minute and talk about the high heel and your health.

“Statistics show that high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to a third suffering permanent problems as a result of prolonged wear.” – Osteopathic Association.

Permanent problem? From a shoe? How does that even happen?

A High Heel 2” and higher causes your weight to shift forward in your shoes, making your body compensate by leaning back. It can cause plantar fasciitis and strain in your hip, knees, and back.

Weight-shift When Wearing High Heel

Weight-shift When Wearing High Heel

Heres even more information on the effects of high heels

You may not be ready to give up your high heel just yet. So, here is how to reduce the impact on your joints while keeping your feet in a high heel:

Stretch (calves and low back)

Reduce the height of the heel

Choose softer insoles

Wear heels on days that you will be limiting your walking or standing

 

Think about your health when choosing a shoe to wear.

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before

What’s Your Posture Doing For You?

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Want to Avoid Aging Like This?

Want to Avoid Aging Like This?

“If we simply exercise without addressing our posture, we risk becoming stronger versions of our crooked selves”

 

For every inch of forward head posture, the weight of the head on the spine increases by 10 pounds!!! Do I have your attention yet?

Many people sit at a desk most of the day, especially around here in the San Francisco and Bay Area. Thats not entirely a bad things except that research shows that up to 90% of people sit with poor posture. yikes emoji

Here are just some negative effects of poor posture:

stiffness, chronic pain, low back pain, headaches, stress-related illnesses, breathing problems, hormonal changes, changes in blood pressure, decrease in flexibility

Do you have any of these aches/pains? If you do, I suggest you take a serious look at your posture. And keep reading–>

Your spine has four natural curves to it and when you sit with poor posture for long periods of time your muscles practice holding tension in unnatural ways. The body was made to perform certain functions and poor posture is not one of them.

Your spine has four natural curves

Your spine has four natural curves

Posture can be visualized like in the picture below. With the bad posture on the left highlighting a slumped forward sitting position (I bet you see this a lot!), shows the back working out of sync. This can create some of the previously mentioned aches. However, if you start practicing good posture, as shown on the right, it can lead to increased energy, decreased tension, increased productivity, and more!

Good vs Bad Posture

Bad vs Good Posture

So if you need to sit for long periods of time, here’ how you do it:

Allow the backrest of your chair to support your low and mid back, or use a back support. Relax your arms and keep your forearms parallel to the ground. Have your feet on the floor or on a footrest (if your feet don’t touch the ground), with your ankles in front of your knees. Adjust your seat so your knees are in-line or lower than your hips. Try to avoid crossing your legs and sitting for long periods of time.

Sitting at your desk and interacting with a computer can put a lot of stress on your neck. If we could reverse poor posture, we could be a lot healthier and happier every single day. superman emoji

Remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before