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If you’re a woman, chances are high that you’ve worn a pair of high heels at least once in your life. But you may find them almost impossible to walk in or hate wearing them due to the pain they cause you.

Did you know that high heels are actually causing huge problems to Australian feet? A recent study showed that high heel injuries are rising, with injuries doubling between 2002 and 2012. You’re also more likely to have an accident while wearing your heels than if you were playing sport, and bunions, hammertoes and osteoarthritis are also common occurrences in women who can’t get enough of their high heels.

Walking in heels is unnatural, since it decreases the ability of your ankle to hit the ground first, building tension in your leg and keeping your calf muscles extended. This means that your calf muscle fibres will often be shorter and so will your hip flexors. Since your knees are bent, your pelvis will rotate forward which further impacts your back, causing you to lean backwards in an unnatural position.

And for women who constantly wear heels, you may find that your foot becomes so used to them that it actually hurts to wear flat shoes.

So how can you ensure that you walk in heels correctly and wear them safely?

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Give them a test-drive

If you’ve purchased high heels for a special occasion, give them a try at the supermarket. This will allow you to balance on the trolley if you need to and you can get your feet used to wearing the heels in a place with a lot of space. You’ll also be able to try different movements as you pivot, bend and stretch to grab things off of shelves.

Workout

Keeping your balance in high heels can be tricky, but you’ll find it much easier if you have a strong core. Try yoga or commit to lifting weights a few times a week, along with cardio and plenty of stretching to keep your muscles stretched and comfortable. 

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Sit as much as possible

This goes against everything we’ve been taught about moving throughout the day. That’s why it can be a good idea to wear flats into the office so you can get lots of movement into your day while catching public transport. Once you have your heels on, sit whenever you can to give your feet a rest and allow you to relax.

Customise them

There are now so many ways to reduce the pain from wearing heels, that it makes sense to take advantage of new technology. Once you’ve taken them for a spin a few times and you know which parts pinch and rub, you can then insert gel pads, foot cushions and rub relief strips to make sure they won’t be painful when you’re wearing them all day.

 

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The online gaming industry has been transformed by technology, however many people are unaware just how much the industry has changed since gaming first went online.

In just over a decade, games which were once only available in casinos have now helped online gaming to develop into a multi-million dollar online industry and you can even try your luck playing slot machine at netbet.

People of all ages and ethnicities are spending time online and engaging in rewarding and challenging games. The industry was initially male-dominated, but the demographics have expanded year after year to include more women and older age groups. Females gaming online have increased by more than 80% in Europe and many older people appreciate the chance to play online, make new friends and potentially earn money- all without leaving the comfort of their own home.

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Antigua and Barbuda first allowed operators to get a license for online gambling in the 1990’s, so players could spend money playing online. Under the law, organisations could offer slots, poker and other popular games online. However, gaming software wasn’t exactly functional, so Microgaming Software Systems revolutionised the online gaming industry when they developed gaming software which was both functional and faster.

The next problem was finding a way to ensure that players could enter in their payment information online without the threat of being hacked- a problem that Cytologic solved by developing encryption software.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the industry, especially in the United States when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed by Congress in 2006. This law basically prevented most Americans from gambling online by making it illegal for credit card companies and banks to process transactions if they occurred on online gaming sites. While some states have since legalised these games, it’s still very much up to the individual state.

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New Jersey has done particularly well out of online gaming, and by 2017 it is expected to be generating more than $463 million. The United States as a whole generated around $41.4 million in online gambling profits last year.

Online gambling is a right for adults in Europe, and has long enjoyed the profits associated with gambling on the internet. In the United States, established businesses and casinos have been complaining and protesting about losing money due to many people preferring to gamble from home. The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling are trying to convince Congress to make the websites illegal and are even hiring consultants and lobbyists to further their cause.

The main argument that the coalition is using is the idea that online gambling websites increase the chances of users becoming addicted to gambling, although this has actually been proven to be a fallacy by Harvard, which offered research papers showing no link between addiction and online gaming.

The only question for an industry which continues to grow year after year is what will be next? Evidence shows that mobile gaming could very well be the “next big thing”, so it will be interesting to see where the industry goes in the future.

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For many people, Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year. And while it’s a great excuse to catch up with friends and family, to eat a little too much and relax, it can also be a very stressful experience.

Along with food shopping, decorating, deadlines at work and excited kids, you also have to ensure that you get everyone a gift, and that those gifts are thoughtful.

Here are some ideas for gifts for your loved ones this Christmas:

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Wine

Wine is a great gift for those people you don’t know too well, and also close friends and family. A good bottle of wine can be opened at the Christmas table or saved for a special occasion, and it’s always a welcome gift. Check out the chardonnay from Advintage if you’re looking for a good white wine to give friends and family this Christmas.

Chocolate

Chocolate is similar to wine, and at first it can seem like the kind of gift you give those people who you don’t really know. But if you have a chocoholic in the family, this could actually be a very thoughtful gift which will be saved for a rainy day.

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Your Services

This one may seem a little strange, but if you’re great at something, donating your services can make a great gift. Do you have some childcare experience or are you just plain great with kids? Offer to look after your friends kids for a night so they can go out without having to pay extravagant babysitting costs. Are you an amazing cook? Give your friend a note saying they can call you next time they’re planning a dinner party. These are gifts which will be helpful throughout the year, and are a great way to save money as well as give something worthwhile.

A Class

Does your friend or family member have a passion that they haven’t yet explored? Maybe they’re been wanting to learn a language, an instrument, or how to cook? Or perhaps they’re interested in something a little different like cake decorating or woodwork. If your special someone has been talking about starting a new hobby or class, why not be the person who helps get their foot in the door and sign them up to a class? Of course you’ll need to check their schedule, so you may want to talk to their significant other first, or you could see if the class offers and “open enrolment” so they can choose their own time and dates.

If you’ve been wanting to try the same skill, or want to spend more time with your loved one, consider signing up to the same class so you can spend some quality time together and have some fun once a week. Who knows, you may just find yourself discovering a new passion as well.

One of the most important things to remember about the holidays is that they’re not about gifts. Your friends and family members are sure to be appreciative of any gifts you give, since it really is the thought that counts.

 

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There’s something magnificent and decadent about casinos that make us all love them. Unique architectures, history, wins and losses, lifetime stories – there’s so much to love about a casino that you don’t even have to actually like playing the games.

If you have been wondering which are the most famous and amazing casinos in the world, you have come to the right place because following, we have put together a list of some of the top ones – the ones you really, really want to see.

If travel isn’t on your agenda for this year, why not play some great online casino games. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the thrill of casinos without the expensive plane tickets, accommodation costs and long transits. The online casino games at casino.com can be a lot of fun and you can play online against the computer or other people. If you’re planning a trip, why not make sure you stop by one of these amazing casinos!

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Grand Lisboa, Macau, China

The world is full of stunning places – and this casino is most definitely one of them. Glamorous and magnificent, the Grand Lisboa casino rises 58 floors above the ground – and it does it in grand style indeed. A true masterpiece of modern architecture, this casino will awe you – so brace yourself because it’s very likely that you will want to spend at least a few minutes to come back to your “senses”. Shaped like the bulb of a flower and embraced by lights and style, the Grand Lisboa casino is something you simply don’t want to miss out on!

Tusk Rio Casino Resort, Klerksdorp, South Africa

Few places in the world are more exotic than this. Imagine a casino inspired by the colorful Rio Carnival that’s not located in Brazil, but in one of the most exotic places on Earth: South Africa. Luxurious, beautiful and covering more than 266,000 square feet, this casino is a treat both for the eye (and for those “craving” for luxury and opulence) and for both who genuinely enjoy a good game of chance. Definitely worth visiting!

The Venetian Macau, China

This is the biggest casino in the world – and although its architecture may not be as “unique” as Grand Lisboa, it is definitely something that will leave you in awe. Everything about this casino screams “grandeur” and “style”. Inspired by Venetian architecture and covered in the most splendid lights, the Venetian Macau casino and hotel resort covers more than 10,500,000 square feet (yes, that number is real, not a mistake). Now, that’s man-made beauty at its very finest.

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Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut

Jumping to “the other side of the world”, you may not be surprised that the US has its fair share of magnificent casinos. However, not all of them are located in Las Vegas – and the Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of those places that prove it. Spread across 340,000 square feet, with thousands of game machines and hundreds of table and poker games, this casino is an absolute must-visit for anyone passionate about casinos and the glamorous “aura” they are so gorgeously covered in.

Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco

Of course, it’s no wonder that you will find many fabulous casinos on the Old Continent either. And it comes even more natural that you will find one of the top ones right in Monaco – the epitome of luxury, grace and European beauty. Designed as a French palace-style building, Casino de Monte Carlo will genuinely make you feel that luxury is truly at home in Monaco. A real beauty to visit.