Many people believe that living healthy is a job of its own. Counting glasses of water, how many hours you worked out, or how much sleep can be discouraging. Listed below are some healthy habits that are swelled in myth.
1. You must work out for an hour a day. The government suggests that we get at least five hours of exorcise a week. Other studies done suggest sixty minutes a day. But in reality an average size person only needs 30 minutes a day. We don’t realize that running errands, cleaning or jogging up a flight of stairs can get our heart rate moving so we only need about 30 minutes of cardio four times a week.
2. You have to drink eight glasses of water a day. There is no doubt that water is good for you, it boosts metabolism and keeps your organs running smoothly, but feeling obligated to eight glasses a day is a myth. Just use your thirst as a guide on how much to drink. Make sure you are drinking water and other beverages throughout the day. Even if you went a whole day without much water, you probably quenched your thirst with foods with high water content. Fruits and vegetables are almost entirely liquid and soups and grains like pasta and rice have water in them.
3. You have to load Up on fruits and vegetables to meet the standard. Many people have fought to receive up to five servings of vegetables and four serving of fruits each day, the USDA realized that people were over estimating the serving sizes, so recently they changed it to cups. A more realistic portion recommendation means that you only need 2 and a half cups of veggies and 2 cups of fruit each day. Not only do the fruits and vegetables in your salad count as part of your daily portion,but also veggies found in soups and sauces and those dipped in tempura or chocolate.
4. You won’t feel rested unless you get eight hours of sleep. A study done in the late 90’s caused doctors to believe that we need eight hours of sleep. They put patients in a dark room for 14 hours and found that most patients only slept for 8. But knew information has some calling that study flawed. They believed that some people slept out of total boredom. There is no universal sleep number, some people feel rested after six to seven hours and other days with more activity, they may need eight hours. Trying to make yourself sleep for eight hours may lead to stress and anxiety leading to a bad night of sleep.
5. Gaining an extra ten pounds can cause health problems. With all the news on how extra weight can give some cancers, diabetes or infertility, leads some to believe that you need to be toothpick skinny to live a long life. Doctors say that an extra 10 pound won’t hurt, but anything over, you start to increase your chances for heart problem and diabetes. The area that you need to watch out most is the belly area. That is where fat cells can surround vital organs. Actually if you have the pear shape like Beyonce or Shakira you can be up to 15 pounds overweight.