Every new year, I think we all try to look at ourselves and our goals, and decide what habits we want to change. Whether that means to eat less processed foods, or watch less television, or whatever it may be. However, there are some "healthy" habits that you may want to consider changing in the new year, too, believe it or not. Here are some of these habits that I'm talking about.

  • Using a standing desk at work because a recent long-term study of 4,000 adults showed no benefits of standing for long periods of time versus sitting for long periods of time while at work.
  • Using toilet seat liners in public restrooms because by the time you sit down on the public seat, even one that was recently used by someone else, most of the harmful pathogens that were ever on the seat have probably died and will not be able to harm you.
  • Eating only low-fat foods because an eight year study involving almost 50,000 women found that those on a low-fat diet didn't lower their risk for heart disease or breast cancer, and they didn't lose much weight if any at all! Instead, they recommend healthy fats in moderation, like nuts, fish and avocado.
  • Using BMI to calculate whether or not you're at a healthy weight because BMI has several major problems, including the fact that it doesn't factor in how much body fat you're carrying around, and it does not measure your waist circumference which can be an indicator for heart disease and type II diabetes.
  • Avoiding gluten, unless you're part of the 1% of Americans who suffer from celiac disease, there won't be any negative effects on your body.
  • Juicing removes all of the fiber from the fruits and vegetables which is what keeps you full and satisfied until your next meal.
  • Slathering on hand sanitizer because if you wash your hands throughout the day when you need to, sanitizing your hands is unnecessary. Using hand sanitizer instead of washing your hands is not recommended either because hand sanitizer doesn't kill all of the germs that soap and water does.

It is always great to try and be healthy, but some habits are not as healthy as they seem to be. Be smart, use your judgment, and be healthy!

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