• Melissa Kartini

10 Bad Habits That You Should Break Today

Updated: Aug 6, 2018

With the amount of exposure we get when it comes to usual pieces of health advice – i.e. don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol excessively, don’t do drugs, etc – it can be easy to forget the little things. Especially when said little things can seem pretty harmless.

Luckily, time was taken to compile this list just for you. :D Now, while the majority of the items on this list aren’t habits that can lead to anything life-threatening, they are still worthy enough to take note of.

Wearing flip-flops

While creatures of comfort can understand the allure of wearing flip-flops, these aren’t exactly known for being good for your feet.

The reason behind this being that they offer very little support. In addition to this lack of support, they also leave one more vulnerable to injuries such as sprains, cuts, fractures, bruises and sunburns. And if there’re insects that are prone to biting abound? Insect bites.

Not a very glamorous picture, I can assure you.

Skipping breakfast

Once you’re a twenty-something year old with a job under your belt, it can be all too easy to skip out on breakfast in order to get to work early. We at Crunch understand; we’ve all done this at least once in our lives.

That said, this isn’t exactly a practice that should be encouraged. After all, breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day for a reason: it kick starts your metabolism and improves your mental functioning. So if you want to start your day on a good note? Have breakfast.

Not getting enough sleep

This is yet another habit that just about everyone has, especially in our time-stricken society. High-pressure jobs coupled with a desire to keep up some semblance of a social life is a sure-fire concoction for sleep deprivation.

Again, it is understandable that time is against you on this, but if possible, do all you can to make sure you get that precious 8 hours of sleep every night. If an inability to properly function throughout the day isn’t enough to motivate you to get some shut-eye, then know this: sleep deprivation affects your hormone levels, mood, immune system and -shocker!- can lead to weight gain.

Not drinking enough water

I get it. Water isn’t exactly the most exciting beverage in the world, but it is the most important. Failure to drink sufficient water everyday will lead to dehydration, and although this might not sound like a big deal, allow me to list the ways dehydration can impact your daily life:

Dehydration causes dry skin, fatigue, irritation, and can affect our focus and productivity. On top of all that, because water helps to flush toxins out of your body through your kidneys, a lack of it can lead to an accumulation of toxins.

Wearing workout clothes long after a workout

When I say workout clothes, I don’t mean workout clothes in general. I mean workout clothes that you are still wearing post-workout. This is not only off-putting thanks to the odour you’d inevitably give off, but it is also off-putting because it is unhygienic.

Wearing your sweaty workout clothes long after your workout can cause acne and yeast infections. Effects I’m sure most have no desire to have. So if these aren’t things you’d like to develop, be sure to shower right after breaking a sweat.

Looking down at your smartphone

This one seems innocuous enough, but the effect it has can last for a lifetime. Are you ready to read it?

Constantly looking down at your smartphone can cause neck wrinkles. It doesn’t matter how much anti-aging cream you apply; you cannot reverse those dreaded lines once they’re there. Sucks, doesn’t it? This message especially goes to all the vainpots out there. Don’t look down at your smartphone if you don’t want to have a 40-year-old neck on your 20-year-old self.

Spending too much time indoors

As tempting as it is to stay indoors especially after a grueling day at work, it is crucial to at least spend a bit of time outdoors whenever you can. We need vitamin D, and constantly staying indoors can impact your mental health, cause lethargy and of course, affect your mood.

Make an effort to spend time outside. You can do so by bringing your workout outdoors, taking a walk to wherever you need to go, or taking your hobbies outside. Like reading? Why not read in the park?

Doing the same workout

Not only is it dull to do the same workout all the time, doing it over and over again lessens its effectiveness overtime. Sad, but true.

Which is why it is best to switch up your exercise routine every now and then to keep things fresh and interesting. And of course, to help keep you in better shape. Your body needs different exercise routines so it doesn’t adapt to them overtime.

Eating late at night

Not only can late-night eating contribute to weight gain, but it can also interfere with your REM cycles and therefore your much-needed sleep.

And here’s another tidbit: late-night eating is also linked to poor memory. If becoming a scatterbrain isn’t on your list of aspirations, perhaps cutting down on the late-night snacking is the best thing to do.

Not removing your contact lenses before sleeping

After a long day at work, it is only natural to give into sleep as soon as you reach the couch. If you know what’s good for you, though, stop!

No matter how much you feel like snoozing away, summon whatever energy you have left to take off your lenses. If you neglect to do so, you seriously increase your risk of infection, and sometimes, this can lead to permanent corneal scarring or loss of vision. The risk of infection increases with each consecutive night worn.

Not so fun fact: People who sleep with their contact lenses are 20 times more likely to develop eye infections.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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