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How to Begin Dressing for Better Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

As much as we like to deny it, the truth is that our appearance matters. We're often told that looking nice is part of the game. Dress for success, right? But even more important than success, you should also be dressing for health. If you're unsure what dressing for health might look like, take a look at these three ways to improve your health through your wardrobe. 

Make Sure You Can Move

Even when you have to dress up or look nice, you should still be comfortable enough to move. Restriction isn't good, especially when it comes to clothes and movement. If you can't move, you'll be more sedentary and your life will lack activity. Wear shoes that make walking easier. Wear pants that don't restrict the legs. The easier it is to move, the more likely you are to do it, and the better your health will be long-term. 

Allow Your Skin to Breathe

It's OK to wear clothes that are figure hugging, but they shouldn't be so tight that your skin can't breathe. Without ventilation, you'll be sweatier and more uncomfortable. You may also find your skin breaking out more often. And of course, you may overheat which brings with it an entirely new set of problems. If you're looking for overall better health, make sure that breathable clothing is part of your normal wardrobe. 

Accessorize Well

Sure you want to look good, but accessories may also protect your health. If it's hot and sunny out, make sure you have sunglasses to protect the eyes. You may also consider a hat to create shade and protect the head from burning. In the winter, make sure you have a hat and gloves and a jacket to keep your body temperature up. You might even consider a heart rate monitor, a Fitbit, or another accessory that helps you track calories. Small accessories can help complete your outfit, and can keep you healthy long-term too. 

Just as what you put in your body matters, what you put on your body makes a difference too. Use these tips to make sure your body is fully prepared. With a little preparation and some thoughtful decisions about what you wear, you can improve your health starting now and lasting a lifetime. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Monica, Calif.

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