Walking is the safest, easiest form of exercise there is, and, of course, something you do everyday, even if it's just taking the few steps from the car to your front door. So the last thing you want is to feel pain. But many walkers have it-250,000 a year in fact. Here, 5 of the most common types of pain walkers experience, and how to fix it fast:
8 mistakes that make pain worse
1. You feel Soreness or swelling on the sides of your toes
Could Be: Ingrown Toenails
Tender tootsies can develop when the corners or sides of your toenails grow sideways rather than forward, putting pressure on surrounding soft tissues and even growing into the skin. You may be more likely to develop ingrown toenails if your shoes are too short or too tight, which causes repeated trauma to the toe as you walk, says Ward. If the excess pressure goes on too long, such as on an extended hike or walk, bleeding could occur under the nail and the toenail might eventually fall off.
Fix it: Leave wiggle room in
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Walking is the safest, easiest form of exercise there is, and, of course, something you do everyday, even if it's just taking the few steps from the car to your front door. So the last thing you want is to feel pain. But many walkers have it-250,000 a year in fact. Here, 5 of the most common types of pain walkers experience, and how to fix it fast:Read More »from 5 Things that make walking a pain
You probably know you don't look your best when you're under serious stress (ever catch the reflection of your furrowed brow in a window on a bad day?). Now science reveals all the ways the stress hormone cortisol literally gets under your skin, leading to dryness and other signs of aging. Use the following strategies to correct the top 5 stress symptoms and your complexion will look calm, cool, and collected-even if you're not.Read More »from 5 Ways your skin shows stress
Best anti-aging products that really work
"Chronic stress increases the hormone cortisol, which damages skin's ability to hold on to water," says Peter Elias, MD, a professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. The resulting moisture loss also diminishes luminosity, explains David Goldberg, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology and director of laser research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Correct It: Look for hypoallergenic, fragrance-free products. "Their lower pH prevents further dryness and inflammation," says
Don't go out with wet hair. Cover your mouth when you cough. These classic "mom" cold and flu tips were recently put to the scientific test. The verdict: Most won't keep us safe from viruses, though a few do have merit, says Rachel Vreeman, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. And Mom did get a couple of things right. Here, experts set the record straight on which motherly advice is worth taking.Read More »from 7 Cold and flu myths, debunked
1. You'll get sick if you go out in the cold with wet hair.
Truth: Exposure to viruses-not skipping the blow-dryer-causes cold and flu.
"Scientists have studied this really well," says Dr. Vreeman. "They've put cold viruses in the noses of two groups of people. One group was then exposed to cold/wet conditions, and people who were chilled were no more likely to get sick than those who weren't." Being outdoors can make your nose run (cold weather dilates blood vessels), but it doesn't make you more susceptible to viruses.
Worst habits that make
Read More »from The race for early breast cancer detection
Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Prevention's guest blogger for October, on how her organization is pushing for early detection:
At Susan G. Komen, we believe women should have access to the early detection screening tools that may save their lives. In most cases when we talk about early detection screening tools, we are referring to access to a screening mammogram. Yet for women with dense breasts-that is, breasts that have a higher level of tissue compared to fat-traditional mammography alone may not be effective in detecting tumors. This is because tissues and tumors both show up as white on a mammogram, and when you have a lot of dense breast tissue, an abnormality can be hard to spot, even to trained eyes.
6 habits that can save your life
Dense breasts are fairly typical in premenopausal women. If you have dense breasts--and one-third or more of women over age 40 do--pay attention. More than 50 studies have been published highlighting that women with
Do you get worked up over a mixed message from your boss or freak out over every bump or bruise? Follow these tips to stress less:Read More »from 7 Easy ways to end worry
1. Imagine the best-case scenario
Visualize yourself dealing with a problem head-on-and resolving it successfully, says Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH. If you don't know or can't fathom what the best-case scenario is, it becomes that much more difficult to achieve, she says.
As new worries or challenges pop up, seek out a silver lining. "Whenever a new situation arises, immediately ask yourself, What's good about this?" says Dr. McAllister. Anxious about a biopsy result from the doctor? Tell yourself that you're being proactive about your health, and no matter what happens, you're better off finding out now instead of in 6 months or a year.
10 silent body clues you're stressed
2. Give yourself a pep talk
A little self-encouragement may be all you need to snap out of a bout of worry. Sometimes we're our own worst enemies, Dr, McAllister says. To make nice
It's October and that means everyone is thinking pink. Prevention asked Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to share her deeply personal story of how one of the county's most powerful health advocacy programs began.Read More »from Prevention Special: The Story Behind the Ribbon
Suzy died August 4, 1980.
She was thirty-six years old. Her children were ten and six. Mommy was with her. I was on my way, but Daddy met me at the airport, his eyes rimmed in red, his mouth drawn down to a tight line of self-control.
"She's gone," he said. There was a shock wave of agony, relief, guilt, and sorrow. Then a strange state of white noise settled in my head. With a numb efficiency, Mommy and I ordered flowers and discussed appropriate readings with the rabbi. We agreed that Suzy personified Solomon's good woman in the Song of Songs.
I am a rose of Sharon, I am a lily of the valleys.
The casket was to be closed during Suzy's funeral, but there was a private viewing for the family before the service. The absolute
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 28, 2010 5:21 PM EDT
Brown spots, gray hair, and wrinkles? Predictable. When it comes to signs of aging, most women are well-versed in the usual suspects. But some unexpected factors could be making you look older than you realize.Read More »from 5 Weird things that make you look older than you are
14 surprising signs you'll live longer than you think
1. Under-eye Circles
Crows-feet get a bad rap, but under-eye circles are equally as aging. Losing volume under the skin is a natural part of getting older, says Carolyn Jacob, MD, a cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist in Chicago-this can cause deep depressions under the thin layer of skin. In addition, certain women naturally have extra pigment under the eyes, while others have prominent blood vessels that are showing through the skin as purple.
Turn back the clock: A few makeup tricks can help. Carmindy, the makeup artist behind TLC's "What Not to Wear", says to start with a very thin veil of foundation (a sheer spray works well)-thick layers or powder will settle into the depressions. Then, instead of a heavy concealer,
Having a low-energy day? Sometimes the problem is lack of sleep, but even if you're well rested, certain diet or exercise habits or other lifestyle choices can bring on a slump. And surprisingly little things-like the size of your Starbucks order-can hurt or help your energy levels. Make some of these tweaks to recharge your batteries and power through your day.Read More »from 8 Instant energizers -- any time of day!
5 clues you're sleep deprived
1. Have bran for breakfast
Eating a morning meal rich in fiber may make you more alert during the day. A Cardiff University study found that subjects who ate a high-fiber cereal in the morning showed a 10% reduction in fatigue, lower incidence of depression, and better cognitive skills. One theory: Fiber helps slow down the absorption of food in the stomach, which keeps your blood sugar levels steady to sustain energy levels for a longer period of time.
9 morning meals that jump-start your brain
2. Order a small latte-and sip it slowly
Experts say it's best not to rely too heavily on caffeine,
- The Editors of Prevention | Life's Little Pleasures – Wed, Sep 22, 2010 3:21 AM EDT
Your emotional well-being isn't just about your genes or the kind of home you were raised in. It turns out that some pretty interesting factors-backed by science-play a role in how joyful you feel:Read More »from 9 Signs you're happier than you think
You were a smiley student
Adults with the biggest grins in their college yearbook pictures were up to 5 times less likely to be divorced decades later than those who looked less happy, according to a new DePauw University study. A smiler's positive disposition may attract other happy people or rub off on a spouse.
10 surprising habits that protect your teeth
You have a sister
People with at least one female sibling report better social support, more optimism, and better coping abilities, according to a study presented at the British Psychological Society's annual conference. Sisters appear to encourage communication and cohesion in families.
You're not glued to the TV
The happiest people spend 30% less time parked in front of the tube, according to a University of Maryland study that
Whether you're hoofing it for fitness or to help the environment, here are the most walker-friendly locales in America and what makes them special, based on our annual survey with the American Podiatric Medical Association and Sperling's Best Places.Read More »from The best walking cities
1. San Francisco, CA
Why it made our list: The city government devotes 12 agencies to walking issues.
2. Boston, MA
Why it made our list: Improvements such as longer WALK signals and bright, patterned intersections encourage more people to walk.
17 ways exercise sends your health soaring
3. New York, NY
Why it made our list: Residents log the fewest vehicle miles.
4. Philadelphia, PA
Why it made our list: A high density of schools keeps speed limits low in many neighborhoods, making the streets safer for walkers.
10 biggest walking pains, solved
5. Chicago, IL
Why it made our list: The 18.5-mile Lakefront Path along Lake Michigan is easily accessible and connects a variety of neighborhoods.
6. Washington, DC
Why it made our list: