Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

5 “Good Habits” that may actually be bad for you

Number one might shock you.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Sep 30, 2022

We all have certain notions of habits that are good for us, things we’ve heard from friends and family, or habits we’ve been conditioned to believe are good for us. However, many of these “good habits” are actually not so great for you. Here are 5 of these habits that you’ve probably adopted as good habits over the years, and it may be time to change them.

 

Morning workouts

While regular exercise is beneficial to your health, research shows that getting up early to work out may not be as useful or healthy as it might seem to be. Apparently, heavy training exercise sessions early in the morning can have a negative effect on your immune system and put you at an increased risk for viral and bacterial infection. That being said, light exercise or a morning jog will probably not harm your health, but it’s probably better to keep your more strenuous exercises for a later time in the day.

 

Replacing breakfast with a smoothie

Although you may think it’s a good practice, experts actually advise against the popular weight-loss method of swapping a meal for a smoothie. There are many great recipes for smoothies that are nutritious and filling out there, however, many of them only include water, fruit, or nut milk.

 

Of course, all these ingredients are healthy on their own, but having them without any other supplements may cause your blood sugar to rise, creating a spike in insulin which, of course, leads to weight gain. So don’t have a smoothie first thing in the morning or replace breakfast. If you absolutely must though, make sure not to add more than one cup of fruit and supplement it with a lot of protein.

 

Taking nutritional supplements

Vitamins are necessary for our survival, and they’re very important for a balanced diet. However, relying on nutritional supplements instead of getting most of your vitamin intake from actual food is really bad for your health. Some studies have revealed that high doses of certain vitamins can actually be deadly. While some people might need to take vitamins, for the majority of people, choosing a diversified diet rich in fruits and vegetables will provide you with all the nutrients your body requires.

 

Putting on too much sunscreen

One advice that everyone always gives is to wear sunscreen. The dangers of skin cancer due to sun exposure are really high, and while it’s incredibly important to protect your skin, sun exposure is inevitable and actually necessary for Vitamin D (a deficiency in Vitamin D can cause depression). Some experts are saying that it’s actually good to be in the sun without sunscreen for an average of 10-15 minutes per day.

 

Going for low fat foods

Of course it’s tempting to go for foods that are low in fat, especially if you’re getting on a diet, however, cutting out the good fats such as omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish, some nuts and flaxseeds, is really bad for you. These fatty acids actually help you retain healthy skin and are essential for your heart and brain health.

 

Changing up more of your lifestyle? Here are 5 mindless habits that are causing you anxiety. And we also debunk the myth of “30 minutes of exercise a day” is enough.

 

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