(WellnessNova.com) - Even the most well-versed wellness buffs may get blindsided by common untrue beliefs about staying healthy. With the vast number of wellness topics out there, there’s bound to be a nuance or two that you may be getting wrong. Here are three of the most common that you should be aware of:
1. Your Job Is Physically Demanding and You Think This Should Cover Your Weekly Workout Requirements
Unless your work entails some sort of cardio and strength training, you most likely aren’t getting all your exercise needs from your job. The Mayo Clinic states that you need about 2.5 hours of moderately paced cardio per week and two sessions of strength training of 15 repetitions for all of your major muscle groups.
If you’re lifting heavy items at a warehouse, you’re certainly working your upper body muscle groups, but your duties are most likely insufficient to work your lower body muscle groups, which include your calves. And you’re also most likely not getting any cardio at all – just strength training. If this is your situation, you still need to get on the treadmill or go jogging sometime during the week to keep your cardiovascular system healthy. You should also do some quick lower body strength training exercises to keep your major lower body muscle groups fit.
2. You Have a Healthy Weight and You Think This Means You Don’t Need to Exercise
If you’re gifted with a fast metabolism, you may never gain weight despite eating a lot while not living an active lifestyle. This may lead you to believe you don’t need to exercise because you don’t need to lose weight.
But that’s a life-shortening belief. Exercise is not just about weight loss – it also helps keep your body healthy. Doctors say you need weekly cardio workouts to keep your heart and blood vessels healthy. Aerobic workouts, like jogging, running, and doing jumping jacks, make your heart muscle stronger, which means it won’t work as hard to pump blood through your body when you’re at rest.
Strength training is also important because not using your muscles enough can atrophy them. If your major muscle groups lose significant mass, your muscles can’t optimally support your body. This puts strain on your bones and other sensitive parts of your body – and it may also damage important muscles by placing unnecessary strain on them because they now need to help hold your body up.
Stronger muscles also means stronger bones because your body fortifies your bones to support the increased muscle mass. Weaker muscles may promote weaker bones. The bottom line? Workout regularly to keep your whole body nice and strong.
3. You’re not Fat and You Think This Makes It Perfectly Okay to Eat Junk Food
Everyone loves to indulge in snacks and other junk foods, like fast food. It’s fine as long as you know it’s unhealthy and don’t overdo it. But some people think it’s okay to eat junk food because their BMI is normal.
Commercial junk food is most likely filled with GMOs, artificial chemicals, harmful hormones, and preservatives. These chemicals place strain on your liver and other organs because they now need to process and filter them out. Some of these compounds can also act as toxins, which can cause harm to your cells. These toxins may somewhat deplete your body’s antioxidants because most antioxidants become inactive after neutralizing only a single unit of toxin.
These chemicals may also have long-term negative health effects, like causing chronic diseases or shortening your lifespan. Now you know junk foods are not only bad if you’re overweight – they’re just bad for you, period.
Always be aware of health beliefs you may be harboring. If you haven’t read from credible sources that these beliefs are true, then it’s worth researching their validity. Hopefully you weren’t harboring any of these three unhealthy beliefs. But if you were, now is the time to change your habits. Living healthy means living longer!