Wednesday, April 3, 2013

7 Stupid Health Mistakes I can’t believe we commit!!!

If the one area you’re lacking in expertise is how to maintain proper health or if you're just ignoring what you know to be true - it’s time to wise up.

Here are 7 stupid health mistakes even the smartest of people are making:

1. Skipping Breakfast.

Breakfast is the most essential nutrition to start our day. It is an atrocity to pass up breakfast in the mornings.

As you sleep, your body’s metabolism slows down, so naturally when you wake up, your body needs food that gets your metabolism going. After fasting for about eight hours, your body is starving. So when you skip breakfast, your energy levels suffer.

Studies have also shown that eating breakfast increases your ability to perform better mentally. Don’t skip it!! Just grab some orange juice and a slice of whole grain bread in the morning.

2. Sabotaging Your Skin for Color.

We all know that too much sun damages our skin, so why do we pursue the quest of a golden tan? We are also obsessed with light colored skin and will travel to the end of the earth to smear those radical chemicals for a fair complexion. 

Light colored or dark colored skin is based on the location of one’s birth and in no way is that God’s way of grueling a woman. Accept your color and understand that you are light or dark colored for a scientific reason.

It is important to note that sun tanning and skipping the sunscreen both increase your exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause premature aging and, even worse, skin cancer.

Forget the complexion, work on your attitude and accept how you look.

3. Smoking.

If you didn't know by now that smoking is bad, I mean deadly, you’re either in denial or have been living under a rock!

Consequences of smoking include lung and throat cancer, premature wrinkles, an increase in men’s risk of impotence, and complication of pregnancies for women.

The repetitive puckering of lips around a cigarette causes wrinkles. Plus, the habit deprives your skin of necessary nutrients - smoking dehydrates and kills elasticity.

While smoking is addictive and quitting can be challenging, it’s one of the best things you can do for your health today. Please do drop that cigarette now!!!!

4. Skipping Exercise.

Contrary to popular myth, lifting weights won't necessarily make you bulk up. It’s not necessary to be an ardent gym goer, but find some time in the week to exercise and tone up. Walking is a good way to keep your body toned.

If you want to get in shape, “pumping iron” will make you look trimmer and more toned, and will help you burn more calories. But it is not for everybody, so do consult a physical trainer to understand your body requirement and don’t overdo it. It won’t help and can lead to injuries.

Weight training in the morning boosts your metabolism for the rest of the day.

5. Health Check-up.

Nobody likes going to the doctor. In fact, the whole experience can be time-consuming, require tons of paperwork and be somewhat embarrassing, depending on why you’re there. Even so, having a checkup can mean detecting a problem and treating it early enough to avoid further complications. 

Women should visit the gynecologist yearly for a breast exam, as well as a yearly mammogram once over the age of 40.

Men should have their testicles examined for irregularities and should also be checked for colon cancer.

You should also be seeing your dentist and general practitioner yearly.

These doctor visits may be uncomfortable, but they can potentially save your life.

6. Lack of Sleep.

It’s a fact of life that most people need at least 8 hours of sleep a night to function at their fullest the next day, so why are you going to bed so late?

Many people find that there just aren't enough hours in the day to get things accomplished, so sleep is sacrificed. There is a way, start giving up less important tasks and setting a regular bedtime to get a full 8 hours instead.

Sleep deprivation not only makes you feel less than your usual perky self, but has been linked to weight gain, depression, anxiety, heart disease, and insulin resistance, not to mention accidents from limited mental alertness.

7. Drinking your Calories.

Coffee drinks, smoothies, sodas, juices, and alcohol are all disreputable calorie-bombs.

If you’re drinking these regularly and not cutting back on your calories from food, you could be consuming up to an extra 1,000 calories a day, which leads to weight gain.

Try limiting yourself to one liquid treat once a week and drink plenty of water.

Starbucks lattes and Jamba Juice smoothies might be a fixture in your day, but you could be overwhelming nearly all of your calories for the day in just one cup.

You're now armed with practical tips, so no more excuses when it comes to making stupid health mistakes!

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