1. Slinging your bag across your shoulder. Everything from briefcases to purses to messenger bags are messing up your posture. By continuing to hold a heavy bag on one side of your body, you begin to alter the way you move around. You hunch forward, bring your shoulder up to your ear, and lean to the opposite side day in and day out. Properly using a backpack distributes the weight evenly across your body, preventing postural imbalances.
2. Letting yourself get thirsty. Did you know by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated? Not “on your way to being” dehydrated. Actually dehydrated. Try to keep a bottle of water around with you during the day to stay ahead of that thirst.
3. Drinking diet soda. Studies suggest that diet soda drinkers are actually more likely to be overweight than their regular-soda consuming peers. If you’re trying to restrict the calories you’re drinking, try tea instead.
4. Taking too many vitamins. While the science is inconclusive as to whether or not vitamin supplements have any advantages over a well-balanced diet, experts agree there is such a thing as “too much”, and it can be damaging to your health. Don’t double up, stick to the recommended dosage.
5. Saving your “extra” antibiotics once your initial symptoms have passed. Just because your symptoms have passed, doesn’t mean all your bacteria have as well. By not completing your full dosage, you risk leaving behind bacteria that become resistant to the antibiotics you were taking. Remember to follow your doctor’s orders; never skip your antibiotics.
6. Assuming terms like “low fat” and “low calorie” are synonymous with “healthy”. Did you know marshmallows are 100% fat free? Absolutely! They’re pure sugar. Be critical of packaging labels, look at the nutrition label to really see what’s going on.
7. Exercising too much. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to mental fatigue, insomnia, and physical injury. Don’t hurt yourself, and remember it IS okay to take a day off.
8. Using heat on your injuries (at first). Did you just get in a car accident and hurt your neck? Were you jogging today when you sprained your ankle? Don’t use heat right now! Experts suggest when your injury is in the acute stage (72 hours), you should use ice to decrease the inflammation and numb the pain. Otherwise you’re risking increased tissue damage.
9. Holding it in. Using the restroom isn’t always convenient; but trying to hold it in can cause urinary tract infections, bladder infections, and (if severe enough) kidney infections. Find time to go when you feel the urge to urinate.
10. Ignoring snoring. Regular occurrences of snoring (not just the occasional times you went to bed with a very stuffy nose) are often signs of sleep apnea, a condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. Sufferers of sleep apnea are also at increased risk of heart attack and stroke, so it’s important to bring up to your doctor.