6 Mistakes Healthy People Make

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Eating right, exercising and going to the doctor regularly are all habits of healthy people. So all this (and reading my blog 😉 ) means you’re in tip-top shape, right?

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Not so fast—many people have habits that can put them at risk for illness or injury down the road. Read on to learn about these common mistakes, and how you can avoid them.

You skimp on sleep

You may be snoozing on good health if you’re not fitting sleep into your busy schedule. A recent study conducted on mice showed that proper sleep patterns are critical for healthy metabolic function and even a small difference can lead to serious health consequences. That means staying up late to watch your favorite TV show and skimping on sleep may increase your likelihood of diabetes and obesity.

Click here for tips to sleep longer and better.

You lack supplement savvy

More is not always better when it comes to vitamins and supplements. Too much of a good thing can actually be harmful. Most people are lacking four essential vitamins and minerals.

Click here to see how you can meet your vitamin and mineral goals without taking pills- eating your vitamins is always a tastier idea anyway!

You use exercise alone to shed pounds

Regular exercise is crucial for health and maintaining a healthy weight, but it won’t help you lose weight unless you cut down your calorie intake.

Today, a healthy diet no longer means dull, tasteless eating. Nor does it mean complicated meal planning. Technology has resulted in the development of top quality, satisfying products. Nearly every food on the market, from milk to chocolate, has a healthful, tasty substitute. Those substitutions include low-fat, no-fat, sugar-free, and low-calorie versions. And, the new food labeling requirements make finding these products a snap.

Click here for more about 2,000 a day the right way.

You still don’t eat your fruits and veggies

By now, pretty much everyone knows they should be eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day. Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet and research has shown that a colorful plate helps promote healthy eating. So, this is a great time to get in the kitchen and experiment with ways to color your plate.

Have trouble getting in your fruits and veggies? Check out these four recipes from our guest blogger, Carolyn.

You don’t have healthy friends

Good health habits are contagious, and bad health habits are, too. Try to forge friendships with people whose health habits you’d like to emulate and encouraging your friends and family to join you in healthy pursuits. Whether it’s your next door neighbor, your children, or your dog, exercising with friend will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Don’t see exercising as an enjoyable experience. Click here to learn how to make exercise more fun.

You ignore sodium

You watch your calories. You avoid meals dripping with saturated fat. But sodium? All too often that’s the ingredient that gets ignored when weighing healthy options.

Virtually all Americans can benefit from reducing sodium in their diet. Try to avoid or limit foods with more than 200 mg of sodium per serving and check the Nutrition Facts label closely for the serving size. Click here for more tips and tricks to lowering your sodium intake.

 

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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