We all know the healthy behaviors we should be doing every day, like stretching before workouts, flossing our teeth, skipping added sugar, and eating our breakfast. But no one is a picture of perfect health behavior all the time. Even the most conscientious dentist probably skips flossing on occasion, and even the healthiest eaters may get too rushed to eat a proper breakfast once in a while. But just how bad are health sins like not flossing, drinking a glass of wine every day, or adding sugar to your coffee? Are they a minor offense, a health misdemeanor or a felony-level wellness offense? We dug around to see what the experts say about just how bad these 10 bad-for-you behaviors are, and what they actually recommend for better health.
Not Stretching Before Working Out
It seems like the jury has gone back and forth on if exercisers should stretch before workouts, and what types of stretches you should do. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), static stretching before workouts can actually hinder performance without decreasing the risk of injury. Flexibility training is still super important, ACE says, but save static stretches for the post-workout when your muscles are warm. As for that warm-up, ACE recommends warming up with dynamic exercises, like arm circles and leg swings, to prepare the body for movement.
Offense Level: Misdemeanor. Even a brief walk is better than going straight into your workout.
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