Rock stars for decades have been writing songs and singing about their girl's wiggle when she walks, but what if your gait revealed more about you than just a sexy strut? U.S. health researchers say that your bum and glutes can reveal a lot about your health, whether it be good, bad or ugly.
Do you have that swagger?
According to the bunion-obsessed Daily Mail, the all-too-popular "swagger" that men and women use to show off their legs and butt can lead to back pain. Whenever we take a step forward our pelvises have to stabilize to to keep the entire body straight and legs stable, or else we can take an embarrassing tumble. Although it may be tempting to show off your backside, swaggering can twist your back and cause stiffness.
If you are a city-dweller, you know the utter frustration of being behind a slow walker when you are late for a lunch or appointment. It also turns out that taking your sweet time while walking is a sign of everything from shorter life expectancy, diabetes, arthritis and dementia. According to the source, a University of Pittsburgh study revealed that those that walk slower than 2 feet per second had an increased risk of dying sooner than those who walked faster than 3.3 feet per second. So when you are window shopping, pick up the pace and you may stretch how long you live and lower your risk of a bunion by avoiding conditions like diabetes.
If you suffer from bunions, you know that one of the most annoying early warning signs is the inability to walk up stairs. Even if you have no sign of any bumps, the pain you feel as you climb indicate that there are already erosive changes happen in your metatarsal bone.
Mike O'Neill, a consulting podiatrist for the Daily Mail said, "As the big toe bends going up and down stairs, the surfaces of the joints are grinding together." If you are having to stop halfway up a flight, it may be time to invest into a splint or orthotic to keep your bunion from developing into something more serious. The last thing you want is a bunion surgery keeping you from more shopping and time with your girlfriends.
If you already have a bunion, changing the way you shake it could be helpful as well. Placing less pressure on your big toe could help. Oh, and take a hint from bunion-sufferer Victoria Beckham and save those heels for your nights out.