Health Tips You’ll Ever Read

Who said healthy had to mean bor­ing? Liv­ing by these 10 ex­pert rules couldn’t be eas­ier

Cosmopolitan (India) - - BODY LOVE -

Leave the of­fice

on time

Burn­ing the mid­night oil at work? It’s not just your so­cial life that could suf­fer. Re­searchers at

Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don stud­ied the health and well-be­ing of more than 7,000 full-time em­ploy­ees, and found that work­ing more than 11 hours a day in­creases your risk of heart

dis­ease by 67%.

Stretch your legs

Those killer heels may make your legs look sleek, but they could shrink your calf mus­cles, mak­ing it painful to wear flats, ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished in The Jour­nal of Ex­per­i­men­tal Bi­ol­ogy. The good news? You don’t have to give up stilet­tos. “Just stretch your calf mus­cles ev­ery day,” says Lorna Tay­lor, phys­io­ther­a­pist and spokesper­son for Back­care. “Place both hands against a wall, put one foot in front of the other and bend your front knee, mak­ing sure that knee doesn’t reach be­yond your toes. Keep the back leg straight and feel the stretch for 60 sec­onds. Re­peat on the other side.”

Get real about how much you

drink

So a glass of wine is one unit of al­co­hol, right? Wrong, says Dr Dawn Harper, Gen­eral Physi­cian. “If a

bot­tle of wine con­tains 12% al­co­hol, then a litre of con­tains 12 units of al­co­hol. So in a stan­dard 75cl bot­tle of wine, there are nine units— if you drink a 250ml glass, that’s three units. Sched­ule in at least two ‘dry’ days a week to al­low your liver to re­cover,” says. Gov­ern­ment

guide­lines rec­om­mend that women shouldn’t reg­u­larly drink more than two to three units per day. Sad- but-true fact: women’s bod­ies can’t process al­co­hol as well as men’s. So don’t try to match him drink

for drink.

Cop a feel

One in 2,000 women will get breast can­cer un­der the age of 29. So check your breasts reg­u­larly and if you notice any of these changes, make an ap­point­ment with your gen­eral physi­cian, says Dr Lisa Wilde at Breast Can­cer Cam­paign: * A lump or thick­en­ing that is dif­fer­ent from the rest of the breast tis­sue * Con­tin­u­ous pain in one part of the breast or armpit * A nip­ple be­comes in­verted or changes

shape or po­si­tion * Puck­er­ing or dim­pling of the skin * Swelling un­der the armpit or around the col­lar­bone * A rash on or around the

nip­ple * Dis­charge from one or both nip­ples.

They had been prac­tic­ing their ‘ bikini poses’ all win­ter

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