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Beauty Comes At A Price: Skinny Jeans Could Damage Your Nerves

Beauty Comes At A Price: Skinny Jeans Could Damage Your Nerves

Skinny jeans can be bad for your health. No, seriously. Incidents like this one described by the BBC show that skinny jeans could actually be damaging to your health and send you to the hospital in the extreme, worst-case scenarios.

A 35-year old woman wore skinny jeans while helping to move a house. She kept at the work even when she felt a tingling sensation in her legs, and then had her blood flow cut off and nerves damaged by her tight jeans. Her condition at the hospital was so terrible that she had to be placed on an IV drip for four days until she could walk again.

This is an extreme scenario, and should not mean that you need to take your skinny jeans and dump them in a bonfire. But there are also reports that men wearing skinny jeans risk tightening their testicles and increase the risk of urinary tract infections. Tight pants are not good for your health.

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But if you are worried about these scenarios, here are certain things which you can do to ensure that skinny jeans are safe and that you look good in them. Because there are a lot of people who do not.

1. If it feels weird, stop wearing them

This seems to be common sense. But human history is filled with examples of us damaging our own bodies in the name of beauty. Think about corsets, or foot binding. While we may look upon those ancient practices with horror, incidents like the one described above show that we still make the same mistakes as our ancestors. We are willing to harm our health in order to look good.

What people need to remember is that if your body starts to hurt from what you are wearing, you need to stop and change your habits. It can be frustrating to wear a pair of jeans which make you look large. But sometimes, the only thing which you can do is endure it, and wear clothing which will ensure you are comfortable.

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There is nothing wrong with wearing looser and fitter jeans, or perhaps trying on a dress for a change. That is certainly a better choice than wearing tight jeans which will hurt your health.

2. Dress for the occasion

It’s possible that the woman of the BBC story was able to wear her skinny jeans on normal occasions without an issue, but then encountered problems on repeatedly squatting and preparing to move out of the house. One only imagines what she’d do if had to use a porta potty in those uncomfortable jeans.

But this just highlights another common sense issue. Skinny jeans are probably not the best clothes to wear for a physically active things like moving. Even if you do not outright exercise, activities like gardening or moving requires clothes suitable to the occasion. Which means no skinny jeans.

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3. Lose weight

Let us be honest. A lot of people wear skinny jeans and clothes like that because they are trying to convince themselves that they are not quite as chubby as they want to think they are. But if you want to wear skinny jeans, the first thing to do is to actually make yourself skinny.

And losing weight is not that difficult. Get some activity – even walking and running for a few minutes a day can go a long way towards improving your physical and mental health. Watch your diet and calories above all. Don’t look for some miracle way to do it. Keep at it for a while and you may be able to slim down in order to improve your figure and fit into those new jeans.

4. Keep safe

The BBC story about the poor woman may seem to be just an accident where things went wrong in the worst way possible. But it happened because she was willing to disregard her body’s warning signs because she was too concerned about looking good.

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And she is not alone in that. Our society as a whole needs to be careful about what we wear or do in the name of beauty. If we are not careful, we will end up damaging our bodies over the long run. If other people can take a look at this woman’s example and learn not to wear skinny jeans when appropriate, or commit themselves to slimming down, then perhaps some good can come out of this incident over the long run.

Featured photo credit: Michael Pollak via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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