Who knew? Read today`s interesting and informative guest post by Rachelle Wilber for habits you might not realize are harmful to your overall health!
Binge drinking, eating too much, and avoiding exercise…There are some habits that are just obviously bad for our health and well-being. However, even some of our seemingly legitimate habits may actually be harming our health.
Check out these five everyday habits that are actually detrimental to your well-being:
Discussing Your Problems
While talking through your problems can be a great way to work through your issues and get a little perspective, there comes a point where it is no longer beneficial. Research suggests that after a certain amount of discussion, reworking your problems only causes added stress and anxiety. The problem is that constantly discussing and “working on" your problems causes you to focus on the issues too heavily. This hyper-focus can lead to anxiety, stress disorders, and even depression.
Early Morning Workouts
That’s right. Your early morning workout regimen could be causing more trouble than harm. According to research, a heavy early morning workout regimen may actually compromise your immune system and increase your risk for certain types of bacterial and viral infections. Lighter workouts, like walking or a gently jog, are generally considered safe in the morning, but the heavy training should be saved for later in the day.
Eating Low Fat Foods
It seems like changing your diet to incorporate low fat foods could do nothing but good for you. However, when you cut out fat, you’re cutting out “good" fats as well. According to Jane Hackett, who has an online Master in Nursing degree, to stay healthy and function optimally, your body needs certain healthy fats, like omega-3s. These fats are essential for good brain function as well as heart health, so when you focus on eating low fat, you’re doing more harm than good.
Avoiding Sun Exposure
In recent years, advice regarding the sun has focused on avoiding it, applying sunscreen and covering up the skin as much as possible. However, recent studies have advised that we may actually need more limited sun exposure. The problem with covering up too much is that the sun is our primary source of vitamin D, which helps prevent rickets, osteomalacia, and depression. Some research suggests we may even need as much as up to 10 minutes in the midday sun without sunscreen every day. Just be sure to take the appropriate measures beyond that.
While it’s important to get a little time to yourself every once in a while, it shouldn’t come at the cost of cancelling your social time. Regular time spent with others is important to maintain effective brain health, reduce stress, and prevent depression. Make sure you find a balance between spending time with others and getting a bit of personal rest and relaxation.
As you work on your effective health habits, make sure you aren’t participating in too many of these everyday habits that are actually detrimental to your wellbeing. Consider all aspects of your health and strike a balance to live long, well, and healthy.
About the Author
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber