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Bad Habits that have good benefits
December 1, 2013, 1:24 pm

Adorning your nails with more than just one color has been steadily gaining popularity over the past few seasons. From glitter and embellishments to textured colors and funky shapes, there are many ways to take your manicure to the next level.

Skipping daily workout:  According to a study published in ‘Sports and Exercise’, four workouts a week are more beneficial than six for seniors. The study randomly assigned women between the ages of 60 to 74 to two, four or six-day aerobic and weight-lifting schedules. After four months, there were no differences in fitness levels among the women — all increased muscle and decreased fat mass equally. However, those who exercised four times a week burned many more calories in their daily activities than the six and two-times-a-week women. In this case, those who worked out the most had little energy left over, while those who worked out four days a week were reinvigorated. So, if your workout schedule is leaving you drained out, perhaps it is time to cut back.

Drinking too much coffee: Researchers have shown that drinking at least three cups of coffee a day lowers risks of certain types of cancer, including prostate, skin and oral cancer. Coffee, after all, is rich in the antioxidants and polyphenols that attack cancer-causing free radicals. So why do many doctors and naturopaths encourage people to cut back? For one, those who have a genetic mutation that causes them to break down coffee slowly can actually have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease if they sip more than two cups of java a day. Moreover, drinking too much coffee can mean you’re not getting enough water and it can also lead to insomnia and anxiety. Figure out what works best for you based on your own healthy eating, fitness and sleep routines.

Not choosing the ‘low-fat’ option:  Fat is essential in the absorption of some vitamins and required by our body to produce hormones. And unsaturated fats, including vegetable oils and nuts, reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure and can improve blood cholesterol. Meanwhile, several studies published in recent years show that unsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocados and fish can reduce one’s risk of depression and memory loss.

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