Good or bad health habits?
You sleep seven hours a night, watch your caloric intake and break a sweat several times a week, but before you proclaim yourself a vision of good heath, take a look at your daily habits. Surprisingly, some common practices can be harmful to your health. Read more to find out how women hurt their health.
Bad health habits: Wearing tight fitting jeans, or trousers
Skinny, tight pants can spell trouble for your vagina. “It’s really common for some women to get recurring yeast infections [with tight pants],” says Dr. Unjali Malhotra, a women’s health specialist from Vancouver. The restricted quality of the trousers along with the heat and moisture that they create can leave you feeling itchy and sore.
To steer clear, Malhotra recommends wearing looser fitting clothing. Or, sleep without underwear to give the area a chance to breathe.
Bad health habits: Wearing high heels
Sexy, fashionable footwear can lead to an ugly assortment of health ailments. According to Peter Guy, a professor at Toronto’s Michener Institute, and a chiropodist in Whitby, Ont., habitually wearing sky high heels can change the way you walk, create pain in your back and knees, shorten your calf muscles, and stiffen and thicken the Achilles tendon that runs down the back of your heel.
“High heels will make bunions – a protrusion of bone and soft tissue on the side of your foot – appear faster, and because your toes are squeezed in the shoe’s front, you can get hammertoes, ingrown toenails and corns,” he says.
If these painful, unattractive conditions weren’t enough to make you kick off your heels, these problems could also make you an early candidate for arthritis in your feet. To lower your risk, Guy suggests alternating your footwear.
Wear one heel height one day, don a lower heel the next, and try flats after that, but don’t jump straight from a three-inch heel to flats. “If you quit heels cold turkey, you’ll have heel pain,” he says.