Wednesday, January 19, 2011

10 habits ruining your health

Skipping breakfast

Most of the time, people tend to jump inside the cars and go to work and forget about taking breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Try to eat healthy, small meals or snacks 5 – 6 times a day, starting with a good breakfast that contains good quality protein.

Having caffeine

We tend to love coffee with a little bit of creamer and some whipped cream and other flavoured syrup. One or two cups in a day would not harm. But the more you add cream and other flavoured syrups to your coffee, the more you add calories to it. Avoid consuming extra cups of coffee. Instead drink water as much as you can.

Eating quickly

We tend to eat quickly especially during the last minutes of our lunch break. Try to eat and taste the food first before you shove it down your throat the next time.

Wearing the wrong shoes

Wearing the wrong shoes can pose a threat to your posture and your overall gait. Even though you will not be able to feel the pain, hours and hours of walking with your high heels can take its toll on your feet. Wear comfortable flats instead

Not brushing teeth before sleeping

People mostly avoid brushing at night before going to bed. This bad habit leads to plaque formation, bad odour and oral infection. So, brushing should be done right after every meal and should be done right before you sleep. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

Inadequate sleep

Lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain. Not sleeping enough seems to be associated with metabolic changes that can lead to overeating and obesity. Sleeping too little can also contribute to weight gain by putting undue stress on the body. Therefore, people particularly youth and office goers should avoid sleeping for long hours on weekends as compared to other days.

Not exercising properly

Nowadays, boys are more into body building exercises, due to which they are avoiding other exercises like cardiovascular exercises. Add treadmill work, outdoor walking or running to your cardio routine.

Wrongly stretching your back

Stretching out your back helps reduce back pain, but it can work against you if you do it just after waking up in the morning. Before stretching in the morning, do your usual routine such as drink coffee, wash your face and brush your teeth.

Holding back urine

Resisting the urge to empty your bladder can be harmful. This may result in bladder infections. Go when you feel the urge. Try eliminating common bladder irritants such as caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, carbonated beverages, chocolate and tea.

Straining the same shoulder daily

Carry your laptop or handbag over the same shoulder every day can also lead to health problems like shoulder pain. Switch shoulders and/or hands back and forth throughout the day when you carry a bag.

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