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Use Your Wardrobe To Keep You Healthy

By DSAdmin | audio

“Your wardrobe is one of many lifestyle choices that can help you stay healthy. Choose wisely when it comes to clothing, shoes and bags with these tips”

Dianne M. Daniels, CEO & Founder

5 Tips to Better Health with Your Clothing

1

Wear your correct / true size

It's easy to get distracted regarding clothing sizes - formerly only for women's clothing, but now affecting men as well - the size tags can damage your self-esteem with their inconsistency. Buy your clothing not because of the tag in the garment, but buy what fits your right-now body. Being comfortable in garments that fit well makes you much more attractive - tight clothing can cause circulatory problems and aggravate high blood pressure. This tip is for jewelry as well.

2

Dress for the climate you're in (or traveling to)

Let the local weather forecast help you decide what to wear - harsh winters call for coats, hats, gloves and boots. High heat and humidity is much easier to bear when you're dressed in light weight and loose fitting gear. Don't overlook the effect that color can have - lighter colored clothing helps you feel cooler in warm weather, and dark, rich colors can help you feel warmer in cooler weather. Take into account the weight of the fabric as well - a light colored garment in a heavy fabric can feel just as warm (or warmer) than one in a dark color, but lighter weight fabric.

3

Protect yourself from excess sun

No matter the season, keep using your sunscreen and let your clothing provide an additional line of defense. Hats are great for shielding the delicate (read: wrinkle-prone) skin on your face and neck year round - and if you're not a hat-wearer, it makes sunscreen and sun protection even more important. Enjoying the beach or pool? Throw a tunic or sarong in your bag for post-swim wear around the pool.

4

Support and protect "The Girls"

Bras with good support help to reduce back pain for well-endowed women, and help protect "The Girls" for any size woman. Specialty shops and many department stores offer free fittings a few times a year - if it's been more than a year, or you've gained / lost more than 20 pounds, it's time for a fitting. If you're fuller figured, you'll likely want to investigate underwires (some companies have great soft wire) and front hook closures. Be sure to move, bend and stretch while wearing your prospective bra to see if it can handle your normal range of movement. Sports bras now come in a wider range of sizes and support categories to help athletes of any figure type.

5

Consider compression socks

No matter the season, keep using your sunscreen and let your clothing provide an additional line of defense. Hats are great for shielding the delicate (read: wrinkle-prone) skin on your face and neck year round - and if you're not a hat-wearer, it makes sunscreen and sun protection even more important. Enjoying the beach or pool? Throw a tunic or sarong in your bag for post-swim wear around the pool.

5 Tips to Better Health with Your Footwear

1

Measure your heel height

High heels look sexy, but the misalignment of your foot and the weight distribution can trigger pain and posture issues. Give your feet a rest by looking for styles with good support, special insoles, and slightly thicker rather than skinny pencil heels. Wedges are a great way to add height without sacrificing stability, and you should also alternate with kitten heels and / or flats on a regular basis.

2

Leave the flip-flops behind

Flip flops are NOT shoes - they provide little to no support for your ankles and knees, and the less you spend for them, the less functional they are. They're really only suitable for wearing at the pool - put on walking shoes or sport sandals if you're going to cover longer distances, and replace them regularly when you see significant signs of wear.

3

Get the facts about "toning" shoes

Many, many people loved the idea of shoes that would shape up your legs effortlessly as you wore them, but studies showed that not only did the claims fail to hold up, some brands actually caused injuries. Get athletic shoes designed to support your feet during your favorite activities and leave the fads behind.

4

Check your shoe size before purchasing

Your feet change size throughout your life, continuing to grow even after you become an adult. Ensure your favorites still fit properly before you plan to wear them all day. Allow for about a half inch of space around your toes, and check the padding and insoles to be sure they will still protect and support your feet.

5

Don't drive barefoot

Bare feet and flip flops can wind up being a danger behind the wheel of a vehicle - you might slip or find your toe caught under a pedal. A shoe wedged under the brake pedal can cause problems in stopping, and one wedged around an accelerator can cause a speeding problem. It's worth the time to change into footwear that grips well before driving away.

4 Tips to a Healthier Life with Handbags / Shoulder bags

1

Minimize your load

Try this: weigh your handbag or shoulder bag on your bathroom scale - it probably weighs more than you think! During an employee health event, I was diagnosed with a "dropped shoulder" - my left shoulder, where I wore my shoulder bag, was a full two inches lower than my right!!! A general rule of thumb is to limit your bag weight to no more than ten percent of your body weight or less. Empty out the stuff you no longer need, and add shoulder-strengthening exercises to your fitness routine to build additional strength in that area. Another tip is to keep the width of your bag no wider than your own hips - the hip bones, not necessarily the width of your thighs. 

2

Do a "Side Switch"

It's really easy to get into the habit of carrying stuff on one side of your body only -see #1 above - and this can lead to overuse and injury. Make a conscious decision to alternate from one side to the other during the day when possible.

3

Consider a cross-body bag

Cross body bags can shift where the weight of your bag lands, but be extra careful regarding weight, because compressing a nerve in your upper shoulder and neck area can cause lots of pain. Try out a bag with straps you can wear across your chest, or even your back. It distributes the weight more evenly and takes pressure off of your shoulders. Keep in mind the size tip from #2 above - a petite woman will carry a smaller bag than a full-figured lady, but that's NOT an excuse to overload any bag you carry.

4

Guys - Switch and clean out your wallet

Women may tend to put too much stress on their shoulders, but hips are an area of concern for men. Sitting on that overstuffed wallet can cause a misalignment of your hips and problems with your back. My husband has developed the habit of taking his wallet out of his pants pocket for longer road trips because of this. If possible, ditch that overstuffed wallet in favore of a lean credit card case - you can keep your old wallet in the glove compartment of your car for those occasions when you need the extra 'stuff'.

Fashion doesn't have to hurt - it can actually be good for you! Your wardrobe can help you to lead a long and active life - use these tips to check out your closet and clean out what's no longer needed. Want help? Check out my 'Closet Hacking System' HERE.










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