Things you should and shouldn't do to promote health.

Top 11 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Ensure A Healthier You

By: QC Writer
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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

You don’t have to be a health nut to know that there are certain things you should do (in moderation) to stay healthy.

With that being said, there are plenty of common things that you are doing that are damaging your health — without even realizing it.

Here are the top 10 things you need to stop doing, to ensure a healthier you:

11. Drinking too much caffeine. I know what you’re thinking … “I can’t function without coffee.” I’m in the same boat as you, and trendy drinks such as Monster energy drinks or Red bull are often consumed in large quantities, however drinking too much caffeine is harmful to your health and has even been linked to death.

10. Skipping sunscreen when outdoors. Truth be told, any amount of time spent outdoors (even when it’s cloudy) increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Lather up on the sunscreen before you head outdoors next time.

9. Not staying hydrated. When you do not consume enough water, it puts stress on your internal organs and generally makes you feel unwell. Most people need to drink 8 glasses of water each day to prevent dehydration. If you have trouble drinking that much water, always keep a water bottle with you throughout the day.

8. Wearing the wrong footwear. Wearing the wrong shoes may do permanent damage to your body — not just your feet. You have nerves throughout your body that can be damaged by wearing footwear that is not supportive. Try to wear supportive shoes as often as possible to reduce the risk of permanent damage.

Related: Health Dangers Associated With Wearing High Heels

7. Eating frozen dinners. Let’s be clear … there is very little that is healthy about your favorite TV dinner. There are several reasons you should limit how many frozen meals you eat. Most are loaded with sodium and preservatives. How about, save the tray from your last frozen meal and the next time you get the frozen dinner craving, buy some fresh food and after it’s cooked you can eat it out of your frozen meal tray!

6. Over-exercising. Too much of anything (good or bad) is unhealthy. Exercising for more than 90 minutes at a time can actually weaken your immune system. Next time, take breaks while working out and consider working out throughout the day rather than all at once.

5. Smoking. This one sounds obvious, but did you know that even light smokers increase their risk of developing a plethora of diseases, including but not limited to cancer, heart disease, and lung disease. Quit smoking. Not only will you look and smell better, but you’ll also feel better.

4. Not being active. Sure, we get it … you have a demanding desk job and you DON’T HAVE TIME to exercise. Make time … leading a sedentary life can kill you!

3. Excessive Drinking. Drinking more than a couple of drinks a day significantly increases your chances of developing various types of cancers. Refuse the booze!

2. Having unprotected sex. People who choose to have unprotected sex are at an increased risk for developing Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and other common STD’s. Why risk it? Use protection.

1. Oversleeping or sleeping too little. When it comes to resting, we generally need seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Getting less or more sleep than that leaves you susceptible to cancer, obesity and various other illnesses. Get some rest, but not too much rest!

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