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6 Healthy Habits That Can Make You Sick

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6 Healthy Habits That Can Make You Sick

By Therese J. Borchard, DivineCaroline

I dance the Macarena whenever I come across an article that argues against extreme healthy living. I laughed while reading research about dark chocolate firing up the happy brain. And I high-fived the doctors who warn folks against too much sunscreen–because it blocks the vitamin D that all of us need. I hate that stuff and was looking long and hard for an excuse not to look like a clown this summer. Thank you! I’ve even performed the opposite of an intervention with one of my friends last week who was trying to give up alcohol and nicotine at the same time.

And now, I bring you one more doctor you will like: Dr. Erika Schwartz, Medical Director of Cinergy Health. She’s here to tell us not to get too carried away with our healthy habits. Thanks, Erika!

As a society, we are constantly striving to lead healthier, happier lives. But with these efforts, we sometimes run the risk of going too far. As a rule of thumb, any extreme is unhealthy, but rarely are we made aware of the “cons” of healthy habits, instead led to think any good thing is better if done as often as possible. Not so fast …

Here are some examples of healthy habits that can backfire when done in excess:

1. Over-Exercising
Your body and mind do not need more than three to four days a week of 30 to 45 minutes of cardio activity. Cardio/aerobic exercises should be done every other day alternating with Yoga, Pilates, walking, and weight training on the off days. Hiking, swimming, tennis, golf, team sports and a simple variation in exercise over the course of the week, month and season is the best way to stay lean, toned and energized.

Related: Improve Mood and Self-Esteem with Green Exercise

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12:03PM PDT on May 21, 2014

I know that advertising supports Care2, so understand this being on two pages, maybe, but 6? Most of the discussion is basically saying don't become OCD about anything, which is true. Every good can become an inherent evil if pushed too far.

5:14AM PDT on May 20, 2014

Know when to stop

2:04PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Every person needs to figure out how much sleep they need. I only need 4-6 hours. 7+ and I'm sluggish all day. I can function on 2 but feel better if I have 4. But everyone is different. They way you figure out how much sleep you have is to take a week and don't have a use your alarm. See how your body feels when you wake up. Are you sleepy during the day? Don't count the 1st few days. It takes that long for your body to figure out there is no alarm. go to be when you feel sleepy and only when you feel sleepy. Get up when you wake up and are alert (this doesn't count bathroom trips). Don't let the medical establishment or anyone else tell you how much sleep you need. Only you know. and it can vary if you're ill, stressed, etc. .

1:17AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Interesting article.

9:50AM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

Oh nooo... Must stop it all!

9:35PM PST on Feb 9, 2011


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5:16AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

I can't think of a reason justifying putting air-conditioning in the category of healthy things in the first place?

9:55PM PST on Jan 23, 2011


3:21PM PST on Jan 22, 2011

That bit about antibacterial hand cleaners is just plain not true!

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I agree with this being interesting as well as being very informative.

Thank you . I have low thyroid and this is good to know .

Ssssssoooooo damned cute!


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