We all desire to be in good health. Given the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, it appears that maintaining one’s health is more crucial than ever. It can, however, be a difficult task. A good portion of us strives to do what we believe is right in order to maintain our happiness and health, while still acknowledging that the occasional bad habit, such as a few glasses of wine or a slice of cake on the weekend, is acceptable if consumed in moderation.
However, some of the things that we do on a regular basis that we believe are beneficial might actually be detrimental to our health. Listed below are some of the healthy but not actually healthy behaviors that you may want to consider giving up for a healthier lifestyle.
Choosing a salad rather than a meal
It appears to be the healthiest choice, does not it? A delicious and nutritious salad that is low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. Perfect, right?
Not all of the time, to be sure. Salad is nutritious, but how many individuals consume simply salad? There are not many. The trouble with most salads is that they come with an abundance of tasty toppings, additions, sauces, and dressings, which is where the difficulty lies. These additions all have salt and fat that have been added, and they can often be more calorific than simply eating the burger you were desiring.
Not only that, but if a salad does not sufficiently fill you up, you may find yourself going for the biscuit tin or other unhealthy treats later on in the evening.
Skipping a meal, or replacing it for a large coffee on your way into work is going to save you valuable calories, right? Well, it might – and there is evidence suggesting that there is no difference in weight between those who skip their morning meal and those who don’t. However, according to a study published earlier this year by the American Heart Association, those who eat breakfast have lower incidences of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. A meal packed with protein such as scrambled eggs can be a healthy choice, but if you can’t face a full meal, try a green smoothie instead.
Listening to music before you go to sleep
A large body of research has demonstrated repeatedly that listening to music can help you relax and reduce your stress levels. As a result, many individuals choose to listen to it before going to bed. If it aids in your relaxation, it will aid in your transition into a restful, deep sleep.
But what if you are listening to your favorite music using earbuds instead of headphones? It might be time to find a new technique of zoning out before going to sleep, as blasting music into your ears on a regular basis can easily cause damage to your delicate eardrums and canals, which can be very uncomfortable.