Every 2.5 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every 60 seconds a woman has a heart attack. You may think that you are on your health game.
But are you really doing everything you could to be healthiest? From workouts to healthy diets, many of us make an effort to look after ourselves. However, we could be compromising our health on a daily basis without even knowing it. EHC brings you the so-called “good” habits that may be derailing your health.
An increasing number of women are opting to wear high heels on a daily basis, and this could be bad news for their health. High heels affect our posture, put pressure on joints, and can lead to a range of conditions including arthritis, hammer toes, back pain and tendon injuries – and that is before you take into account any heel-related accidents. To minimize damage, limit your heels to 1.5 inches for daily wear, and wear insoles to help reduce the pressure on joints.
Large & heavy handbag
With the rising number of gadgets and accessories, many women are carrying around several pounds of weight on their shoulders every day. While you may not feel the effects right now, lugging around a heavy handbag can lead to serious back problems and neck pain as well as poor posture. Don’t wait until the damage is done – do your health a favor and try clearing out all non-essential items and switching to a smaller bag.
Sleeping in makeup
Leaving make-up on overnight, along with the dirt and oil that naturally accumulates on skin throughout the day, is a quick route to clogged pores, congested skin and spots. Sleeping with mascara and eye makeup on can also affect your health by causing eye irritation, bloodshot eyes or even infection.
Drinking like men
There are many instances when women may feel compelled to keep up with the drinking habits of men, be it the first dates or social events. However, women not only tend to weigh less than men but they have less body water to dilute the alcohol, which means they tend to get more drunk more quickly. To minimize the risk of alcohol on your health, try to keep within the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption and alternate alcohol with soft drinks.
Wrong bra size
Studies say that 70 percent of women wear the wrong bra size! However, wearing a badly fitted bra can not only affect the look of your clothes, but it can cause a range of health problems including back, neck and breast pain, breathing difficulties, poor posture, skin irritation, circulation problems and even irritable bowel syndrome. Rather than guessing your size, make sure you get measured to ensure you are getting the right support you need.
Stress is damaging to both our physical and mental health, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from stress-related disorders, as well as having higher rates of depression and anxiety. While it is thought there may be biological reasons for this, worrying about the future and dwelling on regrets can also add to our problems, with research suggesting that women tend to harbor regrets over lost loves and broken relationships than men.
Overeating for emotional reasons
While comfort eating affects both genders, research has suggested that men are more likely to reinforce positive emotions with food, while women eat when they are sad. Women are also more likely to satisfy their cravings with sweet, high calorie foods. Rather than letting your waistline suffer next time you are feeling blue, try distracting yourself from cravings by doing something you enjoy, or boost your endorphins and health with an uplifting workout.
No good sleep
Not only can lack of sleep make us look and feel at our worst, but it can also lead to increased accidents, calorie consumption, and heart disease risk. Studies have found that women are more likely to give up sleep to care for others and this has put their own lives in jeopardy. Disturbed sleep has been found to affect women’s blood pressure and mood, thus making it imperative that they do their best to get a good night’s sleep.
Overindulgence in appearance
Many women tend to suffer from body insecurity, and constantly worry and obsess over their idea of the ‘perfect’ body. Body insecurity not only affects our mental health, but it can also lead to physical damage caused by extreme diets, yo-yo dieting, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery.
Putting themselves last
Not only are women more likely to compromise their sleeping habits to care for children and others, they are also prone to putting their own wants and needs at the bottom of a hectic to-do list of chores and obligations. EHC strongly advice the women folks to learn to say no to unreasonable requests and commitments that are less than essential, and make sure you set aside some time each week to do something enjoyable just for you.