5 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Healthy Habits

Most of us consider it a win when we make at least one healthy decision a day. Especially when unhealthy options can be so darn tempting—and convenient (we’re looking at you comfy couch and carryout pizza). So when you stick to your health guns and choose to eat breakfast, get in a workout and go to bed at a decent time, those healthy habits are sure to make a positive impact on your health. Or so you thought.

Often times seemingly healthy habits, like enjoying guacamole (filled with monounsaturated fats and phytochemicals), can quickly turn unhealthy (after all, who can stop with just a few bites?). So, how can you be sure your daily habits are actually working for your health and not against it? It’s as simple as making sure you aren’t overlooking these common mistakes:

1. You’re reusing unwashed grocery bags.

The problem: Reusable grocery bags are a simple way to help reduce waste, but they may also harbor germs that could contaminate your food (and make you sick).

The fix: Wash reusable bags frequently. Put cloth ones in the washing machine, and scrub plastic ones with hot, soapy water. Store in a cool, dry place.

2. You’re eating more than one handful of nuts.

The problem: Nuts are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy fats, plus they’re pretty delicious. But they also contain a whopping 160 to 180 calories per ounce.

The fix: Keep servings small—1.5 ounces (a small handful) of whole nuts or 2 tablespoons of nut butter. A great way to enjoy a small, yet satisfying serving of nuts/nut butter is to have it with fresh produce, whole-grain bread or DIY trail mix.

3. You’re counting sheep for way too long.

The problem: A consistent bedtime is a no-brainer when it comes to falling asleep quickly--and staying asleep. But if you don’t doze off within 20 minutes, forcing yourself to stay in bed--tossing and turning--is counterproductive.

The fix: Get up and do something relaxing, such as reading a book or listening to soft music, until you feel drowsy. And don’t put pressure on yourself to fall asleep, this will automatically up your stress and anxiety, making it even harder to get snoozing.

4. You love your workout and you do it every single day.

The problem: You already know that staying active is crucial for your health. But always doing the same thing can lead to boredom, lack of motivation and an eventual decrease in results.

The fix: Mix things up. Whether it’s walking one day and cycling the next, or going for a swim and adding in some strength training, it’s important to keep things fresh and challenging for your mind and body. And don’t forget to add a few rest days into the mix.

5. You leap before you look.

The problem: It’s fun to try out a new cardio routine, strength move or yoga pose--after all, how hard could it be? But rushing into a new exercise, may make improper form, even injury more likely.

The fix: To ensure you get the most from a new exercise--and prevent an injury—don’t be afraid to ask for tips, guidance and support from the experts. At GMC’s Fitness & Performance Center, our experienced team of experts can provide just that. With comprehensive fitness assessments, customized personal training and more, you can count on GMC for all of your athletic health needs.


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