“The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” – Samuel Johnson
Some things you do so routinely that you never even give them a thought. Besides, many of them are widely accepted and not yet recognized as bad habits. Even cigarettes and opium were once perfectly acceptable behaviors. Who knows, maybe some of the things you are doing each day will be one day frowned upon just like the previously mentioned vices are now. Here are some daily habits you might want to reconsider.
Texting While Walking/Driving
Using your phone for anything from texting to surfing the web can divert your attention from the road. It is obvious why such outcome would be undesirable while driving, but you could get hurt while walking too, especially when crossing the street. Although you would probably not suffer any serious injuries on the sidewalk, you can still bump into someone and create an unpleasant situation.
Eating Fast Food and Microwave Popcorn
Overindulging in French fries, hamburgers and microwave popcorn will not help you to win a marathon, unless we’re talking about a binge-watching marathon. Not only will these unhealthy choices clog your arteries, but they’ll also introduce carcinogenic substances into your body and cause respiratory problems – “a popcorn worker’s lung” to be more precise.
“What’s that? Isn’t fish supposed to be one of the healthiest foods out there?” Just remember that cigarettes were once advertised as “immediate relief in cases of asthma, couch bronchitis, hay-fever, influenza and shortness of breath”. Some fish are full of poison due to toxins from their environment (seas and rivers are filled with waste) while farmed ones contain pesticides. Of course, this doesn’t have to apply to all fish.
Sitting for long periods of time has been marked as the smoking of our generation. People sit in their offices, while commuting and then again when they come home they sit in front of their TV. Do you do the same? Professionals from Physits claim that such sedentary behavior can cause back pain and spinal deterioration. Furthermore, it increases your risks of various health issues, including diabetes and heart diseases. To alleviate the harmful effects, sit on a Pilates ball while working, take breaks often and stretch.
Improper Ear Cleaning
We bet you didn’t know that cleaning your ears improperly can cause death. That happens if you accidentally tear the delicate eardrums. In that case, you are in danger of harmful bacteria entering in your body through the damaged eardrum. Clear your ears properly by using cotton swabs only on the outside of your ear to avoid pushing the wax deeper into the ear canal. Use earwax softener in case the wax doesn’t naturally work its way out of the ear.
Want to get fat, increase your risk of diabetes, and experience premature death? Then by all means, grab a remote and put on your favorite TV show. Sitting in front of the TV and having unhealthy snacks can lead to a few extra pounds, and eventually diabetes. To make things even worse, a study says that too much television watching is associated with a shorter life expectancy.
Cleaning the House
This one’s a shocker. We’re not saying you shouldn’t clean your house, because dirty home is not healthy either. However, some cleaning habits might be disastrous for your health. First of them is using conventional cleaning products, which can be harmful when inhaled and touched. Also, inhaling dust while cleaning and vacuuming can trigger allergies. To avoid these threats, wear protective gloves and a dust mask, and use all-natural cleaning products.
Sunscreen is one of the most recommended cosmetic products out there, so what could possibly be wrong with it? This product is preventing the essential vitamin D production in your body. This vitamin is necessary for a balanced immune system, and healthy bones. Various chemicals found in some sunscreens can also be harmful.
If you should learn anything from this article, that is that you should always question what they say it’s good for you. Question even this article. Don’t ever take your health for granted and make your choices based on careful consideration and research.