The Health Mistakes We All Make

There are things that many people do every day without giving them a second thought, and some can be damaging to your health. Most of them are simple things that are easy to change but the effect on your well-being could be more than you realize.

Too Much Exercise

We are always being told how important exercise is and that it is good for our mental health as well as our physical health. In reasonable amounts this is true. However, if you overdo exercising it can be counterproductive. You need to listen to your body and w=stop when it tells you it has had enough. Otherwise, excessive exercise can be bad for your immune system, cause muscle damage, shin splints, and changes to your hormone balance.

If you notice that you have become more prone to injury or illness, you are having trouble getting to sleep and have no motivation, it could be because you are doing too much exercise.

Incorrect Ear Cleaning

Our inner ear is very delicate and finely tuned to give us the best hearing possible. However, some people will push all sorts of things into their ears to clean them and then wonder why they get infections or maybe damage to their inner ear.

All you should do is clean your outer ears with some warm water and a cloth. They will generally expel any excess wax themselves, but if you feel you have clogged ears because of wax, you should have them cleaned by professionals. Audiologists are trained for this job and have the equipment needed that will let them clean your ears without causing any damage.

Avoiding The Scales

Most homes have some scales in the bathroom but in some homes, it seems they are there just because they look good and they never actually get used. It is good to keep an eye on your weight, and you should not ignore your scales.

Your weight can vary by a couple of pounds on a daily basis so you should not weigh yourself that often. Once a week or every couple of weeks is enough. Then if you notice a bit of weight creeping on it will be easier to shed it rather than waiting until you have a couple of stone to get rid of.

Going Without Breakfast

Breakfast is a very important meal and skipping it can increase your risk of developing diabetes or becoming obese. If your body does not have the fuel it needs to start the day, it will start to store fats to give it some energy.

There are many health benefits associated with having a healthy breakfast. It will get your metabolism kick started, maintain improved blood sugar levels and you will be more alert as you go about your daily tasks.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

When people lead very busy lives they often feel there is not enough time in the day to fit everything in. Sometimes, they have to compromise and too often that is by reducing the amount of sleep they have.  A healthy adult should have between 7 and 8 hours sleep every night and if you cut back on this you will find you are sluggish and moody. Your motivation will disappear and you will not have the energy to carry out all the tasks that lay ahead of you.

If you have too much to do in your day you need to cut back on something other than your sleep.

Driving With Open Windows

Driving with open windows in the countryside can be great. Feeling the cool air on a hot sunny day can be really refreshing. However, you should not do this if you are driving in a city or any other built up area.  Scientists have said that your body can absorb up to 45% of the pollutants you come into contact with because of driving with open windows in traffic.

If you are driving in a city on a hot day, put the air conditioning on instead of opening your windows.

These Things We Do Without Thinking

These are just a sample of the things we do without thinking that can have an adverse effect on our health.  Of course, there are many more and perhaps you need to sit back and look at your life to see what simple things you could change to benefit your well being.

For instance, do you worry in silence? That can cause more stress than anything else and you should talk through your problems with a friend or relative. Often, just voicing your concerns will make you realize they are not as bad as you first thought, and if they are, you will know that you are not alone in dealing with them.

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Hazel Jane

Hazel Jane is a freelance writer, university student, and an avid reader. She has a passion for writing, skiing, and traveling the world.

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