Avoid The 7 Spinal Sins

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Those sky­scraper heels that you can barely man­age a geisha shuf­fle in should come with a health warn­ing, not least be­cause you might take a tum­ble. Wear­ing high heels on a reg­u­lar ba­sis changes your pos­ture. The weight of your body is thrown for­ward, forc­ing you to lean back to com­pen­sate, which in turn strains your joints and the soft tis­sues around them. As your body weight isn’t dis­trib­uted evenly, re­sult­ing in a forced curve in your spine. This new pos­ture weak­ens the stom­ach mus­cles and tight­ens the mus­cles in your back, which not only causes back prob­lems but it can also give the ap­pear­ance of a pot-belly. Those who wear heels on a daily ba­sis will also no­tice that their calf mus­cles feel tight when they wear flats shoes. Heels force you to walk on your toes ef­fec­tively, which in turn short­ens and weak­ens the mus­cles in the calves.

So­lu­tion

Fear not, you aren’t re­signed to a life of flat shoes, but you should try and re­duce the amount of time you spend in heels to avoid back prob­lems later down the line. Keep a pair of flats un­der your desk at work and al­ter­nate be­tween flats and heels. Or, if you wear heels through the week, make a point of wear­ing flats at the week­end.

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