Hidden Ways You’re Hurting Your Health
Have you ever heard that saying “what you don’t know can’t hurt you?” Well that couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to your health.
You could be doing something right now that could be hurting your health … and you don’t even know it.
- Not getting enough sleep. Sleep is our body’s time to recover and heal from damage, which is necessary if you want to be on top of your game – both mentally and physically – the next morning. Not getting enough sleep will adversely affect your ability to think and reason, can lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke, and can even kill your sex drive. Research shows the average adult needs at least 7 hours a sleep a night.
- Failing to wear sunscreen. The sun can do terrible, permanent damage do our skin. It can age you much faster, but more importantly – it can give you skin cancer. The Vitamin D we get from the sun is important, but how do you get the right amount of sun exposure and not too much? Check with your doctor. The skin on the face is typically much thinner than other areas on the body and is a relatively small surface area so it won’t contribute much to vitamin D production. I ALWAYS wear sunscreen on my face, and I err on the side of caution and won’t spend more than 15 minutes in the sun without applying sunscreen to my body. I’m very light skinned and my primary goal is to never get sun burned.
- Eating your food on the go. As much as possible, make an effort to prepare your meals and sit down to consume them. Grabbing food on the way out and eating on the go leads to poor food choices. When you sit down and eat your food with awareness you give your body more time to digest, and you’re more able to recognize when you’re full. I’m incredibly busy (and I’m sure you are too), so this one is incredibly challenging for me.
- Sitting all day. Most people who work in an office spend a good part of their day sitting, but this can have serious ill effects on your health. Even if you’re physically active at other parts of the day researchers have found that sitting too long hurts your heart health and leads to obesity and high cholesterol. Whenever possible, stand up and take a walk around the office. Better yet, invest in a treadmill desk.
- Stressing out. Raising your cortisol levels by overloading your body and mind with stress is very bad for your health. Because we naturally operate in the “fight or flight” response, too much worry puts our bodies in chronic “fight” mode, hiking up our blood pressure, increasing our heart rate, and putting additional stress on our heart. If you’re a constant worrier try taking a yoga class or doing a daily meditation that focuses on deep breathing. Your mental and physical health will thank you for it.
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