Discomfort can be good for your health

BEING a bit uncomfortable could actually be good for you.

Not many of us like being cold or wearing uncomfortable shoes, but research suggests this may be better for your health in some cases…

Loo stop

A urologist in Birmingham said many bladder problems came from past habits such as emptying your bladder too often. Over time, this could lead to training your bladder to become more sensitive and being overactive. So rather than heading to the bathroom as soon as you get the first twinge, leave it a few minutes.

Be smart

Physiotherapists suggest that when people wear slouchy, comfy clothes, they get in the mindset of being slouchy. Wearing smart, formal clothes makes people stand straighter and engage more muscles.

Cold baths

A warm bath is tempting to ease aching muscles but try a cold shower or cool bath instead as the cold is thought to be best for reducing pain and inflammation in muscles. Cold showers also increase levels of endorphins that raise our mood and make us feel happier.

Wearing heels

A day wearing heels may not be the most comfortable but a study found that wearing two-inch heels activates the pelvic floor muscles, working the muscles, helping to increase strength and reduce the risk of problems such as stress incontinence.

Get stressed

Short bursts of stress can trigger positive reactions in the body and help the immune system become more efficient at fighting infection.

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