Improve your posture

Relieving certain types of head, neck and back pain can be as easy as practicing some imagery along with doing a few simple exercises. The Harvard Medical School has recommendations to help fix your posture.

Imagery

Imagine a straight line from ceiling to floor passing through your body, ensuring your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles are even and align vertically. Then, pull your chest and rib cage upward, holding your hips level and keeping your lower back from swaying. Then, think of stretching your head toward the ceiling, elongating the space between your ribs and hips.

Shoulder blade squeeze

Sit up straight in a chair, hands resting on your thighs, keeping your shoulders down and your chin level. Slowly draw your shoulders back, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold that position for a count of five, relax, repeat three or four times.

Chest stretch

Raise your arm to shoulder level in front of you, bending at the elbow, keeping the forearm parallel to the floor. Grasp your elbow and gently pull it across your chest so you feel a stretch in the upper arm and shoulder. Hold for 20 seconds, relax both arms, repeat at least three times on each side.

Winter-ready skin

Now is the perfect time to start preparing your skin for the harsh winter months. The Cleveland Clinic has several suggestions to help keep your skin healthy this season.

  • Start moisturizing at least once a day, preferably after showering
  • The dryer the skin, the thicker the moisturizer should be
  • Use products that contain ceramide, an ingredient that helps replace natural oils

Whitening reminders

Your smile is important and there are a number of products available to help your grin look its best. Here are a few things to keep in mind while going through a whitening process for your teeth.

  • Visit your dentist to make sure your gums are healthy and teeth are cavity free before trying any whitening products
  • The malic acid in strawberries helps whiten teeth
  • Be careful not to over-whiten your teeth, as it can weaken your tooth enamel

If the shoe fits

Here are a few helpful tips for finding the right pair of shoes.

  • Always measure your feet before buying shoes
  • Measure your feet at the end of the day when they are largest
  • Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe
  • Don’t buy shoes that are too tight and expect them to stretch