It’s easy to laugh at those who remain clueless about how to eat well or stick to a workout routine. Before you wave them off as idiots, though, you might want to take a closer look at your own habits.
Even those who think they’re doing all they can to maximize their health get things wrong, often daily.
Skimping on water
Dehydration can lead to weight gain because the body’s signals for thirst and hunger are so similar that many confuse one for the other. You could be eating hundreds of calories your body doesn’t need simply because you haven’t been downing enough H2O.
Brushing right after eating
The New York Times explained brushing right after eating can actually encourage acid erosion, which destroys the protective layer on your teeth. So after having a meal or drink, wait at least 30 minutes before grabbing the toothpaste.
Sneezing or coughing into your hands
We often greet people with a handshake, so sneezing and coughing into your bear hand palms throughout the day is a nearly guaranteed way to pass along your germs and potential illnesses. Use a tissue if you have one, otherwise aim for the crook of your elbow. And don’t even think about trying to curtail a sneeze, doing so can damage your diaphragm, break a blood vessel in your eye, or rupture an eardrum.
According to The Huffington Post Canada, resisting the urge to urinate can cause your bladder to stretch out and encourage bacteria to grow. If things get too bad, these bacteria can cause a kidney infection.
DNews explained allowing excrement to build up in your system leads to constipation and could even affect your ability to go in the future. There’s a reason we call it waste, so get it out of your system.
Slacking on sleep
Aim to get an absolute minimum of six hours every night; eight hours is even better. Sticking to a regular sleep schedule is the best way to make sure you’re able to fall and stay asleep, so try to be as disciplined as you can. That goes for weekends, too. A little sleeping in is fine, but don’t go overboard.
Using your phone in night
According to a 2006 review, exposing yourself to this type of light after dark can damage your eyes. Limiting your use too drastically isn’t very practical, so try to be mindful of your posture when checking your texts.
Too much snacking
Just the thought of the long stretch from breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner is enough to leave your stomach rumbling. Snacking can be a good strategy for keeping hunger at bay, but only if you manage to stick to the proper foods and portions.
Cranking up the volume
Every one should pay particular attention to how loud your music is playing. Also, the closer the music is to your ears, the more likely you are to experience nerve damage. Headphones that go over the ears are generally less damaging than earbuds for this reason.
Forgetting to protect your skin
The Cleveland Clinic explains everyone should wear sunblock with at least 30 SPF, and if it’s not the summertime, then be sure to still apply some to exposed skin before heading outdoors. Remember: Repeated exposure to the sun without protection can cause damage to the skin over time even if you can’t see it.
If you’re the type to slouch over your keyboard when you’re in the office, then you’ll want to correct this right away. Everyone slouches from time to time, but if you allow your poor posture to continue, it can have real consequences to your health as it can lead to chronic issues with neck or lower back pain. -CheatSheet