You’re smart. Educated. Well read. But are you making smart health decisions? Here are seven stupid health mistakes that even the smartest people make.
Let’s address the elephant in the room. If you don’t know yet that smoking is bad for you, listen up. Smoking has a big list of unpleasant effects. Quitting is one of the best things you can do to improve your health.
Most adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night to function at their best the next day. So why are you staying up so late? Depriving yourself of sleep has been linked to health issues such as weight gain, depression, anxiety, heart disease, and more. Let some of those less important tasks go and hit the hay.
It all starts in the morning. When you wake up, your metabolism needs to get moving again. When you don’t eat breakfast, your energy level suffers. And if you think cutting out breakfast cuts calories, think again. You likely eat more throughout the day to compensate for your hunger. Hello, weight gain!
Too much sun can damage your skin. And tanning beds? Not a good idea. Why sacrifice skin health, cause premature aging, and risk skin cancer just to get a couple shades darker? Love the complexion you have. Tanning just isn’t worth it.
Avoiding the doctor
Not many people enjoy going to the doctor. However, periodic checkups for preventive tests and counseling may detect problems earlier to help you avoid bigger problems down the road. Also, when you do see your doc, be truthful. Telling a little fib about how much you smoke or drink isn’t helping your health. Your doctor can offer encouragement and help with unhealthy behaviors, too.
Not taking medications
If you’re prescribed a medication by your doctor, take it. Only about half of people take their medications as prescribed, according to a number of experts.
Not getting vaccinated
Vaccines are, generally speaking, good for your health. They help prevent things like the flu, cervical cancer, and shingles. Recommended vaccines vary by age, health status, medical history, and where you travel. Get them.
Time for change
If you’re guilty of any of these behaviors, do your best to address them. It’s your health, after all. Take charge and live healthy. To find out more about any one of many health issues, visit our Health Center and browse our Health Encyclopedia.