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Gallery: 5 Things you're doing that could hurt your health

Health • by Ryno Ellis • 20 August 2018
You get enough exercise, you try to eat right, you call your mom regularly. But even though you’re doing some things right, there are still a few habits you could be doing that hurt your health.

Avoid these habits that could be damaging your health:

Not getting enough sleep

Insomnia

Getting enough sleep, between six to eight hours every night, plays an important role in your mental and physical well-being. Getting enough sleep can help you manage stress and lower your risk of heart disease, anxiety and depression.

Eating low fat

Low fat diary

The world has moved on from the low-fat craze. Many diets, including the banting and low carb, high fat (LCHF) diets, have debunked the myth of consuming low fat as part of a healthy diet. It’s time to embrace healthy, high fatty foods such as avocado, nuts, coconut oils, yoghurt, full cream milk and cream.

Sitting all day

Sitting too long

If you’re sitting in traffic on your way to work only to sit at your office desk for another couple of hours, and then heading home to sit in front of the TV, then you’ll need to change things up. Studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time can contribute to obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Move more by taking the stairs or a stroll in your lunch break and exercising daily.

Smartphone obsession

Smartphone obsession

Smartphones are part of our everyday lives, however, you’ll need to manage the time you spend on your phone. Spending too much time staring down at your smartphone can wreak havoc on your neck and back. Studies have also shown that constantly checking in on social media and comparing yourself to others can increase levels of anxiety and even lead to depression.

Not knowing how much sugar you’re consuming

Sugar consumption

Sugar is everywhere and you need to know how much of it you’re consuming. A diet high in sugar can lead to obesity, cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Therefore, it’s important to always read the label and know what you’re putting into your body.

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