When it comes to maintaining good health, most of us do what we can.
The internet has made health and wellness information accessible to all, and most of us try to make positive choices to stay abreast of our personal health and fitness. We mostly try to eat the right foods; we take an adequate amount of exercise (when possible), and we avoid smoking and other damaging pastimes.
However, we all have habits that aren’t particularly good for us. They’re not particularly damaging habits; they’re not going to kill us, or even compromise our life in any significant way but they’re still not great.
Given that we once again find ourselves on the cusp of a new year, it’s a good time to think about resolutions. As well as the usual resolutions you’ll find yourself making, it’s worth considering making 2018 a year when you finally get rid of these common “little bad health habits” once and for all.
#1 Cutting Your Cuticles
“How can trimming my cuticles be bad?” you might be thinking as you read this subheading. “There’s literally a tool you can buy called a cuticle trimmer, so surely there’s nothing wrong with tidying up my manicure?”
Sadly, there is: Your cuticles are there for a reason. Cuticles function as a protection against infection, which is incredibly important. If you trim your cuticles, then you’re actually creating microscopic tears that damage this essential defense.
If your cuticles are messy, then learn how to tidy them without resorting to cutting.
#2 – Listening To Loud Music While Wearing Earbuds
Sometimes, you just need volume. You want to be able to put on a happy song and blast all other thoughts out of your mind which is fine provided you do it infrequently.
Damage caused by loud noise is one of those problems that seem to exist in the future. We know that loud music might result in hearing loss, but it doesn’t really feel like a present threat; it feels like something we’ll have to deal with one day, but not today. So we turn the volume up and ignore the health warnings.
If you do this on a regular basis, then there is a real chance you could compromise your hearing. In fact, you might want to take yourself for a hearing test to find out exactly how your ears are coping with sustained exposure to high volumes. If an issue is identified, then take it as a wake-up call to change your behavior. Ideally, you’ll never listen to music at high volume again, but that might not be realistic, so at least make an effort to reduce the number of occasions when you indulge.
#3 – “Rewarding” Yourself For Working Out
When you’ve been pushing yourself in the gym to improve your fitness, it’s a great feeling. You’re taking charge of your health, working towards a better future, and you feel fantastic thanks to all of the endorphins rushing through your body.
It’s at this point that many of us make a critical mistake. The workout is over, we feel good and have done well, so what’s the harm in a cookie as a reward? After all, you’ve put in so much effort, and one little cookie isn’t going to hurt, is it?
That’s true, to a point; one cookie on occasion is not going to make a difference to your health, fitness, or any weight loss goal you are trying to achieve. However, if this indulgence becomes a regular habit, then there’s every chance your “reward” is actually undoing all the hard work that you put in in the gym. If you can, try to cut the rewards down to a once-a-week treat which will also give you something to which you can look forward.
#3- Failing To Check For Contraindications With Supplements
Supplements don’t seem like medication; in fact, they tend to carry a warning that explicitly states they are not medication. So we take them without reading the label because they seem harmless.
This is dangerous. Supplements can interact with each other, and they can interact with prescribed medications. This is why it’s important to always check with a doctor or pharmacist before taking a supplement; their advice can ensure you avoid any potentially problematic contraindications.
If you stick to the above, then you can be confident that 2018 might just be your healthiest year yet.