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: Regular health mistakes  ( 3139 )
« : January 27, 2010, 04:48:43 PM From A»

Regular health mistakes

All of us make little health mistakes that cause damage to our bodies in
the long run - simply because we are unaware we are doing something
wrong. Here are some of the most common mistakes made by many of us.

Crossing our legs

Do you cross your legs at your knees when sitting? Although we may
believe that this is the lady-like elegant way to sit, sitting this way
cuts down circulation to your legs. If you don"t want varicose veins to
mar the beauty of your legs and compromise your health, uncross your
legs every time you realise you have one knee on top of the other. The
best way to sit is to simply place both legs together on the floor,
balancing your weight equally. If you feel like changing position,
instead of crossing your legs, simply move both legs together to one
side. As an alternative, you could also consider crossing your legs
loosely at the ankles. This is a classically elegant way to sit, and is
far better for your legs and your health than sitting with your legs
crossed at your knees.

Not changing our toothbrush

How often do you change your toothbrush? Most of us wait until most of
the bristles have either fallen off, or are in such bad shape that we"d
be embarrassed to pull out our brush in public. However, since not many
of us need to pull out our brush in public, we carry on with our frayed
one until we lose it. Replace your toothbrush often. Damaged bristles
can harm the enamel, and don"t massage your gums well. If you find
brushing your teeth a pain like I do, but know you must do it, you might
as well be doing it right. Imagine going through the annoyance of
brushing your teeth twice a day only to find out that you"re damaging
your enamel every time you clean your teeth. Also, use a brush with soft
bristles unless your dentist has advised otherwise.

Eating out often

There are oils that are high in cholesterol, and oils that cause little
harm and are better for your heart. However, no matter how light the oil
is, it is never a good idea to eat too much of it.. Avoid fried
foods.Remember that in all probability your favourite Indian food
restaurant throws a huge, HUGE chunk of butter in a tiny bowl of dal.
Rita, who worked in the kitchen of a 5 star hotel, was shocked when she
saw the cook chop a 500gm butter slab in half, and throw half into a
Paneer Makhani dish. No wonder the customers left licking their fingers.
And no wonder they felt so stuffed and heavy afterwards. Limit outdoor
eating unless you know that you"re getting served light and healthy

Skipping breakfast

Never, ever skip breakfast. Remember, when you wake up in the morning
it"s been around 10-12 hours since your last meal. Your body needs food
now, more than at any other time. Eat a heavy breakfast. You will then
be busy through the day, and the calories will get expended quickly. If
you are trying to diet, eat a light dinner. Here are some more common
health mistakes we make. Being informed and making a few changes can
help make us feel a whole lot better.

High heels

High heels sure look great, but they're murder for your back. This
however doesn't mean you should steer clear of stilettos. Wear them, but
not when you know you will be walking around a lot. Wear them when going
out for lunch or dinner - when the only walking you will be doing is to
your car, to the table, and back. Avoid high heels when you are going
somewhere on foot. If you are constantly tempted to wear your heels,
take a good look at your flats. Is there something about them you
dislike? Invest in a new pair of beautiful flats or shoes with a low
heel. Buy something you love, that you will enjoy wearing. If possible,
get a matching bag. You will then enjoy your flats as much as you do
your heels.

Sleeping on a soft bed

You don't have to sleep on the floor be kind to your back, but do make
sure you have a firm mattress. Although a mattress on springs is soft
and lovely to sink into, it's bad for your back. If you already have an
old bed with springs, you don't need to invest in a new one - simply get
a thick wooden plank put over the springs, and place the mattress on the
plank. Similarly, if your mattress is old and lumpy, throw it out and
get a new one. Your neck and your back will thank you. The same rule
applies to sofas. If you will be spending hours on a sofa, get a firm
yet comfortable one. Sofas you completely sink into are not the best


No matter how comfortable sleeping with ten cushions is, have pity on
your neck and resist. Sleep with one pillow, and make sure it is not too
thick. If your pillow gets lumpy, discard it and go for a new one. Get a
thin pillow if you sleep on your stomach, and something a little thicker
if you sleep on your back, to give your neck adequate support

Not exercising

So all of us know we should exercise more, but many of us don't. This is
a health mistake we consciously make! And why is that? Simply because we
refuse to admit the damage we are causing to our bodies by not working
out. A number of people only start working out once they've experienced
a warning signal. Don't wait for a heart attack to strike before you
decide to opt for a lifestyle change. Make the change now. You don't
need to train for the marathon to be in top shape. Half an hour of brisk
walking three to four times a week will make a world of difference to
your health. You could then increase this to forty minutes, four times a
week - and you're all set. If you haven't exercised for a week, you're
making a mistake.

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