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Doctors Say Tight Clothes Can Harm Your Health And Put You At Risk

Doctors Say Tight Clothes Can Harm Your Health And Put You At Risk

The surprising link between your wardrobe and your health

If you’ve ever worn an uncomfortably tight outfit you may have suffered a few hours of discomfort. But did you know that doctors and other healthcare professionals believe that wearing tight clothing on a regular basis can cause long-term damage to your health? It turns out that clothing may suppress your lymphatic system, compress certain nerves in your body and also lead to other health issues.

The effects of tight clothing on stomach health

According to Richard Bricknell of the Bristol Physiotherapy clinic, wearing tight underwear such as shape wear can cause stomach acid to rise into the oesophagus. This can result in heartburn, ulcers and may even increase your risk of oesophageal cancer.

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Another risk from shape wear comes in the form of breathing difficulties. Restrictive clothing does not allow your diaphragm to move in a normal, healthy manner. This restricts your oxygen intake, which can result in hyperventilation and even panic attacks.

The importance of maintaining a healthy lymphatic system

One of the main reasons why tight clothing may negatively impact upon your health is that it has the potential to render your lymphatic system less efficient.

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The lymphatic system operates throughout the body and is a key way in which waste products and toxins are eliminated. As you can see in the diagram below, the lymphatic system spans your neck to your lower limbs.

When you wear tight outfits or pieces of clothing that prevent products flowing through the lymph nodes, you place your immune system under threat. Your body is less able to process toxins, and this could leave you prone to infection.

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Why wearing skinny jeans could lead to nerve damage

The Canadian Medical Association Journal reports that tight-fitting pants could result in nerve pain and compression. For example, they can increase the risk of leg and thigh pain via compression on the nerves that run from the pelvis to the thighs. Symptoms may be extremely painful and include tingling and numbness. Fortunately, it can be alleviated by switching to looser-fitting styles.

Bras – why they are a common source of health problems

Wearing the wrong-sized bra can lead to shoulder, back and neck pain according to Leeds-based chiropractor Rachael Lancaster. If your bra is not correctly fitted, the weight of your breasts may not be evenly distributed across your back. This leaves you vulnerable to crippling pain which may require professional help to resolve.

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Lancaster explains that push-up bras may also cause breathing problems because they put excessive pressure on the ribs and collarbones. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth agree that poorly-fitting bras are a significant health risk, and urge women to try on a variety of sizes and styles to find a bra that feels comfortable and supportive.

Shoes

Ill-fitting shoes leave you vulnerable to a range of foot-related health problems. For instance, tight shoes can trigger bunions, which may be expensive and painful to treat.

Hammer toe is another common condition that arises from wearing shoes that are too small. Those afflicted notice that their toe joints become deformed and can no longer remain in a flat, comfortable position.

Choosing healthier outfits

The best approach is to choose clothing that does not restrict your movement in any way. Whilst occasionally wearing a close-fitting outfit is unlikely to do you any harm it’s much better for your health to wear looser, comfortable clothing in everyday situations. When you next go clothes shopping, consider not only how a piece looks on you but the damage it could potentially do to your body.

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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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