5 Unhealthy Habits That You May Think Are Healthy

5 Unhealthy Habits That You May Think Are Healthy

There are lots of habits out there that people believe are healthy at first glance, however, upon further inspection, you’ll see that they can actually be really bad for you. The ‘healthy habits’ in this guide can actually be more detrimental to your health than anything. Take a look and see if you’re guilty of doing something that is bad for your health.

Exercising all the Time

Going hard in the gym and getting some great workouts in is fantastic, but not if you’re exercising all the time. You should not be exercising every single day. The body needs rest to make progress, so you should aim to have at least one full rest day per week. You might think you’re doing your body the world of good, but you could actually begin to suffer from overtraining syndrome. You might even get so sick of your hardcore routine that one day you decide to quit altogether. Make sure you exercise because you enjoy it, and not as a way to punish your body or get extreme results.

Firms like Hasner Law PC deal with people who injure themselves, even people who were just walking. Walking is probably the only thing you can do every day without injuring yourself, so aim for 10,000 steps if you want to be sure you’re being healthy.

Eating Nothing but Healthy Foods

Eating nothing but healthy foods might feel great at first, but if you ignore cravings, you will end up binging. Having a little of what you fancy will help you to keep going and stop you from stuffing your face in a moment of weakness. Living a balanced lifestyle can help you maintain your habits because you’re not depriving yourself. I love the 80/20 rule: 80% clean 20% other.

Flavored Water

Think that drinking flavored water is a good way to get your water intake up? Think again. This water is usually full of additives and things that ruin the effect of water, sometimes containing as much sugar as a donut. Drink regular water, and add your own fruit or herbs if you like it flavored.

Cutting Out a Food Group

Heard that fats or carbs are bad for you and thinking of cutting them out? Well, don’t. They aren’t bad for you providing you eat the right ones. Eating things like sweet potato, fish, nuts and nut butter, avocados, and similar foods is a great way to get nutrients into your diet and should not be cut out.

Replacing Your Breakfast With a Smoothie

If you think you’re being healthy by throwing a bit of nut milk and some fruit into a blender, think again. This isn’t a well rounded, balanced meal. For this to replace a meal, you’d need to add some kind of protein, and some healthy fats too. Adding too much fruit can cause insulin spikes that can lead to weight gain. Juice cleansing and ‘detoxing’ is just as bad, so avoid that at all costs as well. 

For a healthy breakfast shake, mix a protein powder with 1/2 a banana, unsweetened almond milk and a handful of spinach.

Don’t be Fooled by “Healthy” Foods

It’s so easy as consumers to be fooled by the food industry when it comes to “healthy” foods. Labels marked “low fat” are usually chalked full of sugar and other additives to make it taste good. Get into the routine of reading nutrition labels so that you know exactly what you are putting in your body.

Tip: when grocery shopping, shopping mainly on the outer parameter as that’s where the whole foods usually are.

Want more tips on living a healthy lifestyle and building more healthy habits? Be sure to check out this post with quick and easy tips!

 

4 Inspiring Ways for Women to Kick Butt

4 inspiring ways for women to kick butt

Now, we know that there has been a tremendous improvement in women’s rights over the past hundred years, but alas, there’s still a long way to go. There are still women out there who believe that there’s a limit to what they can achieve. This could be blamed on what we were told as little girls, while part of it is skepticism on the part of institutions, who are sometimes reluctant to give women equal billing in their organizations. The positive aspect is that there is plenty of inspiration. There are so many women who have done great things in the past and will do in the future. Here’s how to ensure you can add your name to that list of kick-butt ladies.

Look to the Past

History doesn’t always give them as much attention as their male counterparts, but there have been many females who have done amazing things in the past. These are a good source of inspiration if you’re looking for the courage to pursue your dreams. You could take a look at the sacrifices and courage of those behind the suffrage movement, for instance, or a person like Elizabeth Blackwell, who was the first female to get a medical degree in the United States. Women like Blackwell and many others showed what females were capable of at a time when all the odds were stacked against them.

Look to the Current Kick Butt Ladies

The past is littered with courageous women who fought the oppressive male-dominated culture. And there are many others continuing that heritage today. Celebrities, like Emma Watson and Beyonce, have championed female rights with much success, but you don’t have to be famous to make a difference. In politics, positions such as the Arizona Secretary of State and the Senator for Alaska are both currently held by women. We have a long way to go before equality in politics is achieved, but things are moving in the right direction.

Don’t Take No For An Answer

Inspiration to continue following your dreams can be drawn from a simple phrase, “yes I can.” If people try to tell you that you can’t do something because you’re a woman, politely inform them that they’re wrong. It really is worth it to develop a stubborn streak. You never know where it’ll take you. Just don’t give up until you get what you want.

Believe In Yourself

To be the best you can be, you have to believe in yourself. There are no two ways about it. This is less important for yourself, and more important for how other people see you. If you don’t believe in yourself, then no-one else will. If you have to, fake it until you make it. Confidence and belief are mostly about perception. You can be nervous on the inside, but a giant on the outside. People won’t be able to tell the difference.

Want more female inspiration? Check out this list of kick-butt ladies!