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The Worst Things You Can Do For Your Body

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When it comes to the human body, we are our own worst enemy. Diseases are most often the result of a person’s own choices. There in mind, many illnesses and chronic conditions are preventable. To live longer and better, you need to know how to not harm your body. A study has shown that the top non-genetic factors contributing to deaths were lifestyle and behavior.
“The most powerful tool a person can use when taking care of their health is the ability to plan and prepare,” according to Lindsay Rentz, personal trainer and wellness/lifestyle coach. “Cook at home, so you make sure you have food in the fridge and cabinet. Pack lunches and food when on the go, so, again, have food in your home to grab and pack.”
You can stash healthy snacks in your car too. “Plan, prepare, plan, prepare and set yourself up for success,” Rentz adds. “This truly is my biggest motto.”
It’s not enough to exercise and eat enough fruits and vegetables every day. You also have to be aware of what not to do.

1. NOT ALLOWING PROPER RECOVERY
Congratulations on exercising regularly. But you may be sabotaging this healthy habit by “not eating correctly after a workout to restore nutrients and build muscle,” Rentz says. You also need to sleep enough “allowing the body to repair and rebuild.” Recovery is crucial and you must not neglect it. You risk serious and painful injuries. Just remember as your exercise that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

2. NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP
Rentz admits she is guilty of this bad practice. “There are only so many hours in the day, and my workout in the morning robs me of additional sleep that could be beneficial to me long term,” she says. Doctors are not saints, either, Dr. Steinbauer adds. “Your doctor might be overweight; a smoker, have a chronic disease; sleeping too much or too little.” Sleep deprivation is very harmful to the body. It can cause your brain to shrink, lead you to eat more, and increase your blood pressure. Also, driving while sleepy and tired is a bad idea, as it makes your reactions three times slower.

3. RELYING TOO MUCH ON WEIGHT MACHINES
By using weight machines too often, you’re not using your own body weight to mimic motions that you do throughout the day, Rentz says. That is not helping your body function better. This is also another reason why some doctors don’t recommend seated machine-based exercises. So next time you hit the gym, don’t even look at the squat machine and do lunges with dumbbell weights in your hands instead.

4. DRINKING YOUR CALORIES
“Most things in life are fine in moderation,” Rentz says. “However, if counting calories is part of your routine, monitor your cocktail intake to 1x/day, noting that sugary cocktails are really high in calories,” she adds. Ounce for ounce, alcohol has about 100 calories. “So it’s the mixes that add the extra sugar, which can lead to weight gain in the long-term.”

5. NOT STAYING HYDRATED (IT’S NOT JUST WATER!
Drink enough water; it’s that simple. It helps rid the body of waste and toxins, transports oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, and protects every organ. A good tip to know how much water to drink, Rentz says, is to take your body weight in pounds and divide in half. “That’s approximately how many ounces of water you should consume a day.”
Plain water can be boring, so think of alternatives to stay hydrated. “Some beverages can hydrate us faster than others, and this has now been known as the “hydration index,” she adds. “For example, milk has a higher ‘hydration index’ compared to coffee or tea.”

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