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7 Stupid Health Mistakes You're Probably Making Every Day

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We've all made stupid mistakes, it's just a part of growing as a human. But there comes a time when we've really got to ask ourselves why we continue to make the same mistakes over and over again.

Whether you just can't give up the morning lattes or those all-night Netflix marathons, there's something for everyone on this list.

See if you can recognize any of your health mistakes and resolve to correct them once and for all!

1. Skipping Breakfast

There is an important reason why nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

After eight hours of fasting, your metabolism slows down and your energy levels suffer. Basically, your body is starving for nutrition and a healthy breakfast is the best way to fuel yourself for the day and for life!

2. Sabotaging Your Skin For Some Sun

We've known for at least two generations that tanning is dangerous, but why do we still do it? Now that we have access to high-quality and safe self-tanning creams and sprays, there should be no excuse for risking skin cancer for the sake of a "sun-kissed" glow.

We know it's wrong, but so many of us still do it. Have you tried to kick the habit?

It's hard to argue against the facts, but it's even harder to quit our vices. Rather than wait until it's too late, we should be making health our main priority.

After all, your body is a temple - it's time to treat it as such!

3. Ignoring The Surgeon General's Warning

On January 11, 1964 the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service released the first report linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer and laryngeal cancer.

For 40 years, study after study has proven that cancer is linked to smoking. Every year about 438,000 Americans die prematurely each year because of tobacco use.

4. Passing Over The Weights

Many women worry that they will become disproportionately muscular if they start lifting weights, which is why many of them don't.

The truth is many women lack the testosterone (and time) that it takes to get super bulky. Not only will "pumping iron" make you more toned, but studies have proven that it will also boost your metabolism for the rest of the day.

5. Avoiding the Doctor

It should be common sense that getting an annual checkup is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Your doctor's ability to detect a problem in its early stages could potentially save your life. Both men and women should visit their general practitioner and dentist yearly.

6. Not Getting Enough Sleep

We are all guilty of this at least once in our adult lives. For years, our doctors have told us that (on average) we all need about 8 hours of sleep every night.

Most people don't even get 6 hours though, and that kind of sleep deprivation has been linked to all kinds of health conditions including:

  • weight gain
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • heart disease
  • insulin resistance
  • accidents from diminished mental alertness

It's time to create your own sleep routine to ensure that you're getting enough rest. If you're truly suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders, speak with your doctor about the treatment that is option best for you.

7. Chugging Calories

Do you love your morning latte?

Drinking coffee, smoothies, sodas, juices and alcohol in high quantities throughout the day will put you high over what is considered a healthy calorie count.

You are likely consuming an extra 1,000 calories each day - if you're not cutting back on your food calories. If you really must have a latte, try to limit yourself to one-a-week.

We've all got them, which vice have you vowed to get rid of?

[h/t Lifescript]