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5 of the most common health mistakes you could be making

January 18th, 2013 470 post views

Here are 5 of the most common health mistakes that people make:

There’s no shortage of ways that people can hurt themselves. Yet some of the most common injuries are sustained in the most innocuous of ways. Often, people wake up one morning feeling pain or discomfort and they don’t know how they’ve picked up a niggle. It is these types of health mistakes that can be the trickiest to tackle because until you know what you are doing wrong, it is very hard to fix it.

Health mistake 1: Carrying a heavy bag

Do you really need all that stuff in your bag?  Lugging a heavy load around can really take its toll on your health by causing back pain, disc degeneration, neck pain and poor posture. Spring clean your handbags and manbags, and consider trading them in for a smaller version.

Health mistake 2: Spending too long exercising

While it is important to reap the benefits of exercise for a healthy lifestyle, it is important that you don’t go overboard. If you are just starting out and your body isn’t used to rigorous exercise it is important that you go slow and be healthy. Don’t overdo it.

Health mistake 3: Lack of sleep

No matter how healthy you are, how much you exercise or how much you weigh, getting too little sleep can seriously affect your health. Scientists studied 5,600 people of a healthy weight and size for three years and found those who skipped sleep quadrupled their risk of stroke and heart disease. Fix a specific time to go to bed and stick to it.

Health mistake 4: Silent worrying

Stress can be positive in helping to keep you alert and avoid danger. Too much of it, however, can be detrimental to your health. Endless worrying can eventually lead to distress in the form of headaches, high blood pressure, an upset stomach, chest pain or sleep deprivation.  If you can learn how to control your worrying, you are on your way to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Health mistake 5: Skipping breakfast

Missing the most important meal of the day not only makes you feel less active and sluggish, it has actually been linked to higher risk of weight gain and diabetes. Starving the body further after an overnight fast encourages the body to store up its fat reserves in case it needs fuel later in the day. If you, have a balanced breakfast, however, the body continues to burn calories in a more natural fashion and doesn’t have to go into survival mode. Eat breakfast to feel happier, more functional and, most of all, healthy.

At times, I am guilty of all the above. So my goals are to make changes to my lifestyle for the benefit of my broader health and wellbeing.

Can you relate to any of the above?  And did this help? Then why not let us know by using the comments section below? You can also join the conversation on our Facebook page.

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2 responses to “5 of the most common health mistakes you could be making”

  1. Ellie says:

    I can relate to the above, some from the past and some now at present. This post has helped touch on them just enough, to make you you think once again and then change.
    Good luck with your goals and health changes:) Have you brought any into place yet Rach?

  2. Claire Claire says:

    Thanks Rachel, I have also been guilty of all the above in the past and some still now, so can easily relate to these. My main change I made some time ago was to always ensure I eat a good breakfast and this certainly made me feel better and I had more energy. My bag, this is still a bit big but not carrying everything bar the kitchen sink now! did start to have shoulder and neck pain so was time to empty..Quite shocking regarding the lack of sleep and the findings with stroke and heart disease. Just shows how important good sleep is for all of us. Very helpful reading this and look forward to hearing how you get on with your changes 🙂

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