Exercise and eating well are definitely important, but there are also other behaviors that can have a major impact on your health – and if you’ve adopted any of the following unhealthy habits, it could lead to severe or permanent injury. Keep reading for tips on how to avoid these five unhealthy habits!
Sleeping the Wrong Way
Long-term twisting or bending of the neck is one of the most common causes of neck pain. Sleeping on a pillow that doesn’t support your head and neck can give you a sore neck in the morning. Neck and back pain can be helped by sleeping on your side with a good quality mattress – but, unfortunately, it could cause issues with your shoulders. This can cause misalignment with the neck and spine, resulting in severe pain. The optimal way to sleep is on your back with your head and neck supported. If you need more support, a knee pillow can help alignment.
Not Moving Enough
In the United States alone, only one-fourth of the population regularly participates in an activity considered exercise. While no one suggests you sign up for a marathon tomorrow, chances are you need to move a lot more than you do. If you sit for a living, this is especially important. For example, if you drive a bus all day, you aren’t getting enough physical movement during your working hours. Similarly, office workers are at a higher risk of developing issues related to physical inactivity. You should try to walk around and stretch for about 15 minutes for every hour of work.
Inadequate Desk and Chair
Office workers have another problem to deal with – and it has to do with their workspace. Office workers often develop muscle and bone problems related to repetitive strain injury. RSI happens when you perform the same task repeatedly, without support or rest. Ergonomic chairs and desks play a significant role in helping RSI. At the very least, you should be able to adjust the height of your chair. Additionally, your eyes should be level with the screen, with your feet flat on the floor and your knees at a 90-degree angle.
Slouching When Walking
Everyone walks differently. However, there is a correct way to walk and a wrong way. It’s okay to recline for comfort in a chair now and then, but slouching when you walk is harmful because your muscles, tendons, and ligaments aren’t being stretched the way they should. This can make them become stiffened to the point of being stuck in place, becoming painful. To walk correctly, keep your head up with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed. This keeps your spine in place and stretched properly.
Scrolling in Bed
The 21st century has been a revolution in computer technology. One of the most pervasive is the smartphone and tablet. These fantastic devices let you access the web and read ebooks, and most of us do it in bed. But this is bad for numerous reasons. First, when you read in bed, you put pressure on your spine. Second, blue radiation from the screen of your device causes irritation and stimulation, preventing you from sleeping correctly. By shutting down your devices an hour before bed and keeping them tucked away in another room, you’ll be able to achieve better, higher-quality sleep.