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Sneaky Little Ways You're Ruining Your Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

We like to think that we're doing all we can to keep ourselves healthy. We like to believe that we're eating well enough and exercising hard enough. But are we really being honest with ourselves? For most of us, the answer is no. We may be putting a little effort into it, but we're certainly not doing all we can. And what's more, many of us keep a few bad habits that are damaging our health more than we realize. If you would like to take your healthcare plan up a notch, check out these little bad habits to ditch as soon as possible.

You’re a Netflix Binge Pro

Everyone loves Netflix. An entire season in one weekend? Let’s do this! Unfortunately, too much of this habit is really bad for health. It's too much sitting, too little movement, and probably too much snacking. While it's OK to binge an occasional show, it's something that should be kept to a minimum. Do your best to curb this addictive habit, and your health will be far better off.

You Skip Meals to Stay Thin

Everyone wants to be thin … or at least not overweight. But skipping meals is not the way to do it. If you ate too many calories, don't make up for it by skipping your next meal. Acknowledge that you ate too much, and then get back on track. Maybe skip dessert or a second helping. Skipping meals only alters your metabolism in a negative way and makes weight loss more difficult in the future.

You’re a Social Media Addict

Spending a little bit of time online is fine. But if you're addicted to Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, there's a good chance that you're harming your own mental health. Social media can be good and useful, but it's not meant to be a substitute for real life. We're not meant to compare ourselves to others so much. Get your social media addiction under control, and your mental health will likely see a serious improvement.

Our everyday habits can make or break our overall health. Most of us are doing plenty of things that damage our wellness, and we often don't even realize it! Quit or curb these very common habits to improve your health both now as well as long into the future.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Encinitas, Calif.

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