Health Tip: Negative Body Image Can Affect Your Health
Your body image describes your appearance and the way you see yourself.
This isn't a superficial concept, warns Planned Parenthood. The group says a negative body image, if severe enough, can:
- Increase your risk of depression and anxiety.
- Trigger feelings of low self-esteem.
- Make it difficult for you to concentrate.
- Lead you to engage in risky behavior.
- Lead to social isolation.
- Spawn mental health issues, such as an eating disorder.
- Lead you to avoid a healthy lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise.
Health Tip: Stretch Your Feet
Little else feels better than a good foot massage or stretch.
The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions for keeping your feet happy and healthy:
- Stretch your arch, either by placing a towel around the ball of your foot and gently pulling with your hands, or by standing in front of a wall and slightly leaning forward until you feel your arches stretch.
- Strengthen toes by placing a toe separator between them and squeezing toes together for five seconds; do it 10 times. Or, wrap toes with a rubber band and spread against the resistance.
- Grab a golf ball or other similar-sized ball, and place it on the floor under your bare feet. Gently roll it around under your feet.
- Stand up on the balls of your feet and hold for five seconds; do this 10 times.
- Stand with feet flat, then one at a time lift your heel from the floor and roll weight into the ball of your with your toes pointing down. Flex your foot, hold, and repeat on each foot.