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Top posture tips worth knowing!

If you’re reading this article you may, like many, be using a computer at a desk or similar. Even though it may not be as important for casual surfers, the correct posture for when sitting and standing can have a drastic impact on your long term health. Correct posture can help to ward off joint degeneration and help with your breathing patterns. Correct posture and standing up straight isn’t something we should practice as a young child during school registry – It should be a part of our everyday lives.

Having bad posture can create lower back problems!

Having bad posture can create lower back problems!

Take a look at some of the Health Hideout’s top tips for the perfect posture:

  • Don’t be static – If you work in a desk style environment, it’s important to change things up a bit during your shift in front of the computer screen. Standing up every 20 minutes will do wonders for your circulation, whilst arm stretches and neck rolls will help to loosen everything up. Take in a big deep breath whilst you do so and you’ll feel energized to continue!
  • Careful when carrying – If you move items at work that are of a heavy load, follow all appropriate health and safety guidelines. Consult your supervisor if you’re unsure with specifics. Just because you can move something, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. If you carry a backpack or similar to work each day, use both straps – alternate arms with single strap bags.
  • Reduce heel usage – They are popular with the fashion gurus amongst us, but heels can accentuate the natural curve of your spine long term. Try to wear them less during the working week and you’ll notice a difference in no time.
  • Adjust the car seats – Prevent yourself from slouching whilst traveling long distances, by having the seat adjusted to an upright position. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but you’ll soon get used to it. Your back and spine will thank you for it!
  • Keep yourself in check – During your everyday pottering around at work or at home, try to monitor your posture in a mirror or reflection. You’ll soon notice if your slouching, so try to eliminate your poor posture habits one step at a time.

Posture is something that many of us develop over time without even thinking, so it can be difficult to change your ways overnight. Try to cut out the slouching as this builds pressure on the bottom of your spine. There is danger of being “over straight” too, so don’t over compensate. Once you eliminate your bad habits, your posture will be of royal standards in no time!

 

Helpful ways to defeat migraine pain

A recent study of the British population showed that almost 6 million individuals suffer from regular and irregular migraine pains. Another level above headaches, migraines are associated with feelings of nausea,dizziness and relentless throbbing pains. Why not try some of the Healthy Hideout’s top ways of helping aid the sheer inconvenience of a migraine?

If you’ve got any first hand experience with remedies that have worked for you, why not leave a comment at the bottom of this post:

  • Don’t take too many painkillers – A new study released in Germany demonstrated how taking over the counter painkillers more than twice a week could actually result in “rebound migraines.” To help against the throb, why not try one of the following methods.
  • Reduce your overall body fat – Studies completed in California, USA placed regular migraine sufferers on a low fat diet for a total period of 12 weeks. 94% of the patients reported a 40% decrease in their migraines overall, and when they did get them, the effects were 70% shorter than normal.
  • Go Herbal – Resembling a large rhubarb plant, the herb Butterbar can help fight the effects of a migraine. A US Journal study of neurology demonstrated that  68% of participants of a study involving the intake of a Butterbar pill experienced a 50%+ drop in migraines.
  • Consult your chemist – Specialist migraine remedies are now widely available from your local chemist, designed for those of us who experience only mild migraines. Look for one that contains aspirin, caffeine and acetaminophen – these elements can help relieve the throb almost 20 minutes faster than standard painkillers.
  • Your GP’s are here to help – Triptans are currently only available via prescription from your local GP. However, triptans have been proven to provide complete relief within 2 hours for a third of users. Your GP will also be able to offer useful advice for helping against triggering them all together, as 80% of them are statistically caused by stress!

Shaving Pain Be Gone!

This is a follow up from the last post which I made on shaving. For the past few months I haven’t really shaved too much, but rather I would trim my facial hair short. Whenever I would think to myself, ‘You could shave today’, I would shy away at the idea as the last time I used my Mach 3 blade it felt incredibly blunt (and I didn’t have a replacement at hand). It’s one of those vibrating Mach 3 blades, and of course the battery has run out so it doesn’t vibrate at the moment. Yes, I know I should have bought some new ones…

I was even more concerned about shaving this morning as my facial hair was quite long, with each hair measuring about 8mm; not the ideal scenario even for a razor sharp blade brand new out the packet, let alone an 8 month old Mach 3 blade sorely in need of replacement.

As you may have gathered from my last shaving post; I loathe shaving. I woke up extra early as I knew it may take a while! There was no way on earth I was going to attempt this without the aid of steam so I started the steam running in the steam shower. I went into the kitchen, drank about one and a half pints of water, had breakfast and headed for the bathroom. At this point, maybe about 20 minutes, the steam was about 36c. I stepped in; the steam felt like a cloak of warm mist enveloping my body, warming and soothing my muscles; a brilliant feeling don’t get me wrong, but I was there on a different mission!

The razor and shaving cream used


I waited for about 15 minutes for the steam to open my pores and soften the hair on my face. I put my shaving gel on, it’s ‘Gillette Series: Moisturizing Hydration’. I’m not promoting this one by any means; this is just what I used! I started shaving. After 3 or 4 strokes on the same area the blade would be clogged up and unable to shave, so I would run it under the shower and continue. I looked into the mirror and couldn’t believe it; it didn’t even look like I had even shaved in that area, even though the razor was blocked with hair; it looked like I had just wiped all the shaving foam off! Have you ever had a shave where it took about 3 or 4 rinses of the blade just to cleanly shave one spot on your face? Frustrating isn’t it; that’s all I can say! I must have taken about 15 minutes to shave my face because I had to clean the blade so many times.

Let’s get onto how the shave felt: even with a blunt blade and long hair I didn’t feel any discomfort until the point where I was shaving the very short stubble. I should have reapplied some shaving cream, but the discomfort wasn’t to a level to warrant it. Even with my last post and my past experience with shaving in the steam shower, I was surprised at how comfortable it was.

For those like me who use a blade, try to at some point shave in a very steamy environment, steam showers work well; it’ll turn your mornings upside down!

Are there any of you who despise shaving? Has anybody shaved in a steam shower or a very steamy environment before? I want to hear your thoughts.