8 MOVES THAT FEEL GOOD BUT ARE ACTUALLY HURTING YOUR BODY

Here are some simple habits you should avoid to stop hurting your body.

Woman sitting on bed and touching her neck

INSTANT GRATIFICATION ISN'T ANY BETTER FOR THESE MOVES

Everyday habits like eating ice, cracking your back, and plenty more might feel good to you but according to experts, you don’t realize how harm could they do.

Assorted cubes of ice

EATING ICE

Munching on ice, or anything that is really hard, like croutons, hard candies, or even the pen caps, can begin to crack your teeth.  Steven F. Schwartz, a New York City-based dentist says, “Of course chewing on ice can cause your teeth to break. It puts extra stress on your teeth, just like clenching and grinding your teeth, and that stress causes teeth to crack.” Whenever you eat hard foods, be sure to bite slowly and try not to chew down too harshly. Also, it is said that those who necessitate to munch on ice are oftentimes iron deficient, so don’t forget to discuss this with your doctor.

Two girls talking

VENTING

Bet you didn’t have any clue that letting your emotions out in front of a friend could be hurting you. Venting may make you feel better at the moment, but in fact, it’s just a brief fix that can actually cause you more stress in the end. Joan Pagano, author of Strength Training Exercises for Women says, “Spouting off is damaging to the body’s systems, raising blood pressure and releasing the stress hormone cortisol into the bloodstream. Cortisol prepares the body for fight or flight, but if neither action is appropriate, it simply causes more fat to be deposited in the belly, contributing to high cholesterol levels and heart disease.” Pagano suggests loosening the tension through attentive breathing exercises, instead of complaining.

Guy watching TV with a slightly slouched back

SLOUCHING

No wonder why our elders always ask us to stand up straight because this phrase, surely is said for a valid reason. Slouching doesn’t just make you look bad but it’s also bad for your health in general. Pagano says, “Slouching may feel comfortable in the moment but poor posture can strain your joints and lead to neck and shoulder tension, headaches, sciatica, and hip and knee pain.” David Hanscom, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon and best-selling author of Back in Control: A Spine Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain, adds, “Slouching also puts more pressure on your spinal disks.” Try to get used to standing or sitting with your back straight and shoulder blades pressed down toward your back pockets.

Person's hand making a fist

CRACKING YOUR JOINTS

It’s still not cleared that whether cracking joints is a good or a bad thing but it is acknowledged by most experts that doing extreme or ballistic movements to crack your joints is a big no-no. While you are just releasing gas in the joints by cracking your back or fingers, it can also affect your ligaments, tendons, muscles, and different soft tissues over time. Pagano suggests, “If you’re cracking your back to relieve tension, gentle stretches will help. After a few minutes in a hot shower, flex forward and extend backward, and bend from side to side.”

A cup of coffee beside a laptop

ALTERNATING BURNING HOT AND FREEZING COLD FOOD AND DRINKS

Whether it’s the extra hot venti coffee you love to drink, or your bowl of mint chocolate ice cream, both cause a great damage to your teeth. The truth is, if you consume anything that is either scalding hot or freezing cold, you are causing your teeth to crack. “The structure of a tooth is similar to that of a porcelain plate. The fine china plate will develop crack marks if you wash it with really hot or cold water and this is exactly what happens to your teeth when you thermal cycle.” It’s particularly problematic with fillings, which may expand and contract insignificantly with the varying temperature limits. But this doesn’t mean you have to quit drinking coffee or eating ice cream, you just need to be careful about not shifting back and forth between hot and cold items instantly.

Girl examining her face in the mirror

POPPING YOUR ZITS

Popping a large pimple on our face inaccurately can cause even more inflammation. According to a Los Angeles-based celebrity licensed medical esthetician Melissa Aardema, “You can actually push the bacteria back into the pore, creating an infection under the skin. Blackheads are okay sometimes to squeeze, but not pimples or pustules.” Still, if you are so intrigued to pick at your skin, just wash your hands and face first, and put a hot compress on the zit before and after popping if possible.

Girl washing her face

FREQUENTLY WASHING YOUR FACE

Washing your face is good but more is never better. Aardema says, “Washing too much dries out your skin and disrupts the natural pH balance.” Everyone has a different type of skin, but it’s beneficial for most people to wash face twice a day as Aardema suggests. And follow with a moisturizer or serum ALWAYS.

Man doing full body push-ups

IGNORING THE PAIN WHEN WORKING OUT

Pushing through the pain is never a good thing. Dr. Hanscom says, “Your brain is programmed by pain impulses, so if you keep firing those impulses to the brain, then you’re actually sort of exacerbating the problem. We want people to exercise to fatigue, but not to the point of pain.”  There is a difference between soreness and pain. When you feel pain while working out, it means that your brain is signaling you to stop. While you can easily push through soreness.

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