4 Bad Habits That Are Holding Your Health Back

We all have our habits, some good and some bad. These are patterns of behavior that have been ingrained in us over time. It can be something as simple as working out, biting your fingernails or a need to gorge on comfort foods whenever you are stressed out.

Bad habits hold back your health and other things

Your habits play a more significant role in the way your life plays out than you realize, they determine many of the things that happen to you in life; your highs and your lows. This article will take a close look at some common habits that can have a negative effect on your health.


1) Not Working Out Regularly

You have probably heard it many times before, but, if you are one of those people who habitually never work out, you are not doing your health any favors. Working out goes way beyond making yourself look good. It keeps your body working correctly as it should.

For example, people who work out regularly by learning a martial art like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) or Muay Thai get to burn a lot of excess calories. This burns off excess fat off their bodies, making it easier for them to maintain a healthy weight. A healthy weight reduces the risk of many health issues like diabetes and heart disease.

Those same people who train regularly get to manage their stress in a positive way. The intense workout leads to a release of feel-good hormones that elevates their mood for the rest of the day. It prevents stress and other things that are bothering them from negatively impacting their professional and personal lives.

The benefits don’t stop there, those people also get to sleep really well at night since their body is tired from working out, and the release of dopamine in their brain helps them to relax. As a result of regularly getting proper rest, their risk of developing a variety of health issues is reduced.

When you don’t work out regularly, you’re missing out on all this.


2) Cracking Your Neck

Cracking parts of your body like your knuckles and neck might feel good in the short term, but it isn’t entirely clear what the long-term effects of doing it habitually are. There is a myth that cracking a joint regularly increases the odds of developing arthritis there, but studies indicate that that isn’t true.

What we do know is that cracking a joint releases gasses like carbon dioxide and nitrogen into your bloodstream. That is what creates the popping sound you hear. Cracking your neck has generated the most controversy since some in the medical community have linked it to a type of stroke that is caused by a tear in the vertebral artery.

Cracking your joints is not a big deal when you’re younger and have healthier ligaments, bones, and muscles, but, as you get older, your arteries harden, increasing the odds of you developing medical complications as a result of it.


3) Not Drinking Enough Water

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It’s vital that you drink enough water, especially if you’re exercising.

Many of us are regularly dehydrated without even realizing it. If you are feeling thirsty, that is a sign that your body is already dehydrated. Water makes up most of your body, so it’s crucial you get lots of it since it plays many vital roles. It aids digestion, helps blood flow, and it even cleans your mouth.

Being adequately hydrated also affects how your body regulates many hormones. Make a habit of not drinking adequate amounts of water, and it is only a matter of time before you develop some type of complication.

The average person should aim for somewhere between 6 to 12 glasses of water each day. It will keep you properly hydrated, and help your body to function properly.


4) Chewing Gum

Just when you thought sugar-free gum was completely healthy, it turns out it is not. People who have a need to constantly chew on something are more likely to develop a variety of temporomandibular joint disorders. The excessive load on the jaw and its surrounding muscles starts the arthritic process.

The temporomandibular joints are somewhat like sliding hinges on each side of your face. They connect the lower half of your jaw to the rest of your skull, and they are involved with every move you make with your jaws. Wear them out by overworking them, and you will be in for it. Severe TMJ issues might require surgical treatments to rectify.

TMJ problems are no laughing matter. They can lead to muscle pain, spasms, inflammation, and many other nasty symptoms you would rather not deal with. They can lead to a clicking or popping noise when you move your mouth, or you could lose your ability to open your mouth fully.


We all have bad habits, and we might not be able to fix them all at once. But if being inactive is one of your bad habits, give martial arts a go. It could very well be the answer that works for you.


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