This Small Lifestyle Change For Men & Women Can Have The Biggest Impact

I propose two simple lifestyle changes – one for men and one for women.

For Men:

Take your wallet out of your back pocket. Put it in your jacket pocket or somewhere else.

Men’s wallets are causing men a lot of pain – and it’s not because they’re empty! There is a huge surge in the number of men who complain of lower back pain and their wallets are the reason why.

Researches reveal that,

  • men who sit down with their wallets in their back trouser pocket risk damaging key nerves.
  • men who drive with their wallet stuffed into their back trouser pocket appear to be most at risk.

Over time,
the wallet pressing on nerves in the back can cause Sciatic Neuropathy (or Wallet neuropathy) which can lead to pain or numbness in the lower leg, ankle or foot. Walking, sitting and lying down can become extremely painful. (see Sciatica and Piriformis syndrome)

So, the simplest way to protect yourself against this is to take your wallet out of your back pocket. Put it in your jacket pocket or somewhere else.

For Women:

Keep your high heels for special occasions, and stick with lower heels for everyday use.

Women who habitually wear high heels are at risk for permanent physiological damage to their knees, hips, back and tendons. That’s because high heels force the wearer to place all of her body weight on the ball of the foot, compromising stability. This, in turn, makes her compensate for the instability by pushing her knees and hips forward and arching her back – an unnatural posture.

Researches prove HIGH HEELS, in the long-run, can cause

  • Severe lower back and leg pain
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Bruising problems
  • Shorten & Tighten Achilles Tendon
  • Hammertoes

(Image source: High heel horrors!)

The risks to today’s teenagers are particularly great as they begin wearing high heels at an early age, before their bodies are fully developed. They run the risk of hip trouble in adulthood and problems with back pain from the stress placed on their spines as youngsters.

Especially while you’re pregnant, it’s best to put your heels away, or at least wear them only on special occasions. That’s because your weight increases and your body shape and center of gravity change, making you walk differently (and less steadily) (see Pregnancy and High heels)

Remember, Higher the heel = Greater the pressure.

by Murali Krishnan, safety advisor, sharing safety tips that help you to avoid accidents / injuries. My blog: Don’t learn safety by accident, you can also find more of my writing on Quora. This originally appeared on Quora: What small lifestyle changes have the biggest impact?

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