4 Reasons You Might Not Be as Healthy as You Think
The overwhelming majority of Americans consider themselves to be healthy, which isn’t the case. In fact, the opposite is true. The reason some have misconceptions about their own health is a lack of understanding. They might think they’re doing the right things when they’re actually not. The good news is that most people are just making small errors.
Below are four mistakes that may be compromising your health:
You might look at all the ingredients on your plate and think, “wow, I’m eating well,” but it’s possible you’re looking at the wrong thing. The better question might be “what size is your plate?” It doesn’t matter if everything you’re eating is well-prepared and “good for you,” if you’re eating a portion size that’s twice what you need, you’re going to end up in a state that’s less healthy than you imagined. So as well as checking what’s in your food, do some research about how much of it you should be eating.
Just because a label says the product you’re going to buy is good for you, doesn’t make it so. Some terms–such as organic–don’t always have the same credibility as we assume. The term organic is a relatively new term and the standard definition hasn’t yet been established. Rather than blindly believing what you see on the package, dig a little deeper to check that everything inside really is good for you.
You can find the food labeling regulations in the Food Labeling Guide from the US Food and Drug Administration in the US, or the food labelling and packaging regulations in the UK.
Hitting the Gym
Going to the gym, simply in itself is not always best. It’s what you do when you’re there that counts. You might be going to the gym for an hour every couple of days, but if you’re not pushing yourself or don’t know the correct techniques, the time you’re spending there probably isn’t as effective as you might think.
Everyone who goes to the gym occasionally needs some help. Ask your gym about trainers that may be available or use sites such as healthandfitnessvitality.com, which will also help you find a trainer. It’s better to spend half an hour at the gym doing things correctly rather than spending hours doing something ineffective.
Consider Your Lifestyle
It’s easy to overestimate how much exercise you really need. You might go for a ten-minute jog in the morning and feel as if it’s enough–and it’s far better than no activity–but if you’re spending the rest of the day sitting down, you may not be getting enough exercise. Take an honest look at your lifestyle. If you’re driving to the office, sitting for eight hours, then watching television when you get home you need to increase your level of activity.
If you live in a fairly small city, try riding your bike or walking to work. Park further away from the front door of your office, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Partner up with a friend and take a fitness class together 3 or 4 times a week or start wearing a fitness tracking device and use it to monitor your activity. There are lots of little things you can do throughout the day to increase your activity.
The decision to make healthy lifestyle changes and following through on that decision is the first big step. Ensuring your food intake and exercise regime is effective is essential to reaching your health goals.
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