Let’s be realistic, shall we? Wellness is a topic that many of us like to think we know a great deal about. The truth is that there are a lot of common misbeliefs out there when it comes to what is and isn’t good for your overall well being.
NY Physical Therapy & Wellness has put together a list of 17 things commonly misunderstood beliefs about wellness. If you see anything on this list that you’ve heard before, hopefully, this serves as a way for you to gain true knowledge!
1.Juice cleanses are the best way to detoxify your system.
There isn’t substantial evidence to prove that chugging that kale-spinach-vinegar-lime concoction is actually going to do your body much good in terms of cleansing and removing toxins.
Of course, drinking juices is not a bad idea, especially if you’re trying to keep up a steady flow of healthy fruits and vegetables in your diet to maintain good nutrition. Just don’t expect it to cure you or “cleanse you” over a few days.
2. You have to work out every single day to stay healthy.
Many people don’t bother getting even a tiny bit of exercise per day because they falsely believe that in order for it to count, their routine has to be rigorous and long — perhaps an hour or more per day! This isn’t true. Regular exercise has great health benefits, but fitting in a workout every single day is not often possible, and in many cases, it’s not even recommended. Any activity is good activity, even if it’s a 15-minute walk to get your lunch.
3. If you aren’t drinking 8 glasses of water a day, you’re not hydrated enough.
Even though there was a study completed in 2014 that debunks this myth, people may still try to get you to believe it. Drinking water and staying hydrated is important, but the amount you actually need each day will depend on your age, weight, and physical activity!
4. Physical therapy is only for injuries.
Physical therapy can help anyone at any age for a variety of reasons, including the simple desire to just get back into shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You don’t have to be in pain to benefit from PT.
5. Not eating is a good way to lose weight.
Losing weight happens as a result of good nutrition and a healthy exercising routine. While you can cut out unhealthy foods, not eating anything at all won’t do you any favors!
6. Weight training is only useful for bodybuilders.
Everyone can benefit from a little weight lifting here and there, as it helps to strengthen and tone your muscles. Don’t worry about looking “bulky’’; actual bodybuilders look that way because adding bulk and muscle is their goal. It doesn’t have to be yours.
7. Carbs make you gain weight.
The truth is cutting down on unnecessary carbs and sugar can aid a person with weight loss, however, carbs alone do not make a person gain weight. All carbs are different, but they’re still the body’s main source of energy! Eating certain kinds of carbohydrates has been shown to aid in weight loss and muscle growth.
Not to mention, a study published at the National Institute of Health suggests that low-carb, no-carb, and high-carb diets don’t make that much of a difference in a person’s life span.
8. Taking multivitamins guarantees good health.
Although it might seem easy to snag a “one-size-fits-all” multivitamin off the drugstore shelf, it’s a better idea to see a medical professional first. That way you can determine if there’s an actual need for you to take vitamins at all — you may not be deficient in the areas you think you are!
9. Exercise cancels out unhealthy eating habits.
Survey says, WRONG! Maintaining a healthy weight and staying in shape depends on both healthy eating habits and regular exercise. You can’t depend on one to keep you healthy without putting in the work on the other.
10. Being skinny means you’re healthy.
Everyone stores and carries fat differently. Poor nutrition and being inactive can also make a person skinny, you know!
11. You can only benefit from physical therapy after an operation.
Physical therapy is not only useful for those learning to walk again or gain back their strength after an operation. Beginning physical therapy before a scheduled procedure can improve both the outcome of the surgery and speed up your recovery period.
12. Only elderly people are at risk of developing arthritis.
Not true. Anyone at any age can develop arthritis. It certainly is not a condition that discriminates.
13. Wellness is one-size-fits-all.
We all have different bodies and minds, which means we’ll each have different needs and challenges on our wellness journey. Comparison is the killer of joy; don’t let someone else’s fitness story negatively impact yours.
14. Health shortcuts work just as well.
We’re talking about those “flat tummy teas” and fad diets here, folks. These things pop up in the media and promise instant results in half the amount of time it would take to create and follow a legitimate fitness regime. You can’t cut corners when it comes to wellness.
15. All fat is bad.
We need healthy fats to survive. Healthline explains “fat stores in the body are used for energy, cushioning, warmth, and other things, and some dietary fat is even necessary for your body to absorb certain fat-soluble vitamins.” Avoid saturated fats and trans fats, but remember they’re not all bad!
16. Your health journey ends when you reach your goal weight.
It’s a great thing if you reach your fitness goal, but remember that it takes effort to maintain a healthy, ideal weight! You know what it took to get you there, don’t slack off now that you’ve reached your goal — unless you want to have to start from the beginning!
17. Your health is only important when you’re old.
Not true at all. The earlier in life you start to care about and pay attention to your wellness, the better off you’ll be when you reach 50, 60, and 70 years of age. There’s no better time like the present to get your health affairs in order.
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If you’re interested in learning more about the importance of wellness, or you want to get started on your fitness journey, contact NY Physical Therapy & Wellness in Bohemia, Cedarhurst, East Meadow, Elmhurst, Franklin Square, Levittown, Melville, Seaford, Smithtown or Valley Stream, NY to make an appointment! We’ll be super happy you found this blog, and we’d love to set you up with one of our skilled and knowledgeable physical therapists.