Fight These Common Health Misconceptions

By Genevieve Cunningham

There is so much information out there about working out, eating well, and getting healthy. Since the invention of the internet, it seems everyone is an expert when it comes to health. And while this influx of information is a good thing, it's often hard to distinguish the good information from the bad. When a bad idea hits the internet, it often spreads like wildfire, and before we know it, we have some serious misconceptions about staying well. If you want to live your healthiest life, take a look at these common misconceptions that you need to start fighting right now. 

Skinny is Always Healthy

Most people want to lose weight. For the most part, we're all walking around with a few extra pounds. But even if being thin is your goal, your weight on the scale doesn't necessarily equal health. It's possible to be skinny and incredibly unhealthy. It's possible to carry around a few extra pounds and still be healthy. Instead of worrying over the scale, put your thought and energy into blood pressure, body fat percentage, blood sugar, and body function. When we worry about the things that matter, we get closer to good health and feel better in the process.

More Exercise is the Best Choice

Exercise is good for the body. We can't deny the benefits of working out regularly. But sometimes we fool ourselves with the notion that more exercise is always the answer. It's not! Exercise should be managed just like everything else in your life -- in moderation. Exercise regularly, rest often, and stop worrying about whether you should be sweating more, spending more time at the gym, or lifting heavier weights. Yes, challenge yourself! But don't obsess over getting in more exercise. Just focus on consistency and steady progress, and you'll be loving your body in no time. 

Perfection is the Goal

We feed ourselves this lie way too often. We want the "perfect" body, and so in order to get that, we think that our routines have to be perfect. Keep in mind that the perfect body doesn't exist. The perfect exercise routine doesn't exist. The perfect diet doesn't exist. We should be striving for progress not perfection. Keep a routine that makes you feel good. Work toward making body progress. Stop worrying over being perfect; it's not going to happen! Get comfortable with the process and enjoy the skin you're in. You're never going to be perfect, but aiming for progress and simply feeling better is the best goal you can make. 

It's easy to get caught up in these misconceptions about health. We're bombarded with information, and if we're not careful, the wrong messages get through. Try to focus on what matters, and ignore the pressures of being perfect. With the right plan and some confidence in the process, you'll be headed toward better health in no time at all.

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

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