There are things we do everyday that do damage to our bodies, most of it we know about but a lot of the things we do to hurt our bodies might never even cross your mind. We’re going to take a look at 5 things that could be affecting your health without you knowing it and give tips on how to prevent further damage. Without further adieu, here are the ways you are hurting your body and how to prevent them going forward.
Holding Your Baby
Any mother can tell you, holding a baby can take its toll on you after a while. When holding a baby for prolonged periods of time, mothers tend to hold them at their hip. Most people will know what that means but if you don’t, it means they stand in a position which forces their hip to protrude creating a sort of resting place to take some of the weight of the baby off of their arms. Standing like this for prolonged periods of time can have a huge impact on their spine and hip joints.
Drinking TOO MUCH Water
Let me start by saying that water is very good for you and you should drink a good amount of it. We’re talking about drinking too much water, specifically while working out or playing sports. When you do these activities, your body loses water through sweat but also several other key elements such as electrolytes. If you drink too much water under these circumstances, you are not replacing the electrolytes that you’re burning. This can lead to water intoxication and can be deadly. A better option would be a sports drink like Gatorade that replaces the essential vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes that your body loses while sweating.
Eating Too Fast
No matter how healthy the food you are eating, if you’re eating it too fast, you’re causing serious problems for your body. Eating too fast causes disruptions in your body’s chemical signals. This causes you to eat more than you should and leads to a greater risk of obesity.
Running While Obese
Running is a great way to burn calories and lose weight. However, if you’re a heavier-set person who is just starting to work out, running can be detrimental to you in the long run. When you first start working out, your muscles are not yet conditioned to that much exercise. That fact coupled with the extra weight that’s causing a high amount of impact stress can lead to severe knee and leg injuries. When first starting to work out, it’s important for heavy people to either walk or ride bikes to strengthen the muscles before you start running regularly.
People know that excessive amounts of typing can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, what you might not be aware of is that this is completely preventable. Preventing Carpal Tunnel when typing is as simple as holding your wrists up. Typing becomes a problem when you allow your wrists to rest at the base of the keyboard, this puts your hands in an unnatural position being bent backwards. Having a pad to support your wrists or even making a conscious effort to keep your wrists from laying at the base of the keyboard can help prevent long term damage to your wrists and hands.
These are things that many people do every day, oblivious to the damage they cause. In fact, some of these things, such as drinking a lot of water and brushing your teeth after eating are actually things we do for the opposite effect. But knowledge is power and we can now move forward with this newly found power and live a happier, healthier life in the years to come.
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