You know some of those habits you have? The ones you try to avoid because you know they’re bad for you? Good news — some of them aren’t actually bad at all. In fact, some of these habits are downright good for us. Of course, there will always be habits that you definitely need to avoid — smoking and skipping exercise, to name a few. But where does skipping breakfast stand on the bad habit rankings? Is it OK to sometimes chow down on chocolate? Read on to find out some good news about your bad habits.
1. It’s OK to give in to your chocolate cravings
With chocolate, the darker you go the better. The benefits are great — it may help reduce body mass, prevent blood clots, and can help prevent cancer. As per The Daily Beast, researchers at the University of California, San Diego discovered people who frequently eat chocolate have lower body mass indexes than people who avoid it. If you’re not convinced yet, here are a few other great health benefits: Eating more than 45 grams of chocolate per week (about two bars worth) led to a 20% decrease in stroke risk among women. It may help lengthen your life as well. The oldest woman on record lived 122 years. Her secret? She ate 2.5 pounds of chocolate per week, the story says.
2. Skipping breakfast can be beneficial
This is only good in certain situations. It’s good to skip breakfast if you’re working out to drop pounds or maintain your weight loss. In that case, skipping breakfast for your workout session can help you see better results, Fitness writes. In fact, Belgian researchers found when study subjects consumed a high-fat, high-calorie diet for six weeks, those who exercised before eating didn’t gain weight, according to the article. But, if you’re training for a competition, such as a marathon or triathlon, you’ll want to eat breakfast — it’ll give you a much needed energy kick during your workout.
3. Go ahead and chug that coffee
Don’t feel bad about having your morning cup of coffee. WebMD notes research has shown coffee drinkers are less likely to have type-2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia than non-coffee drinkers. In addition, coffee drinkers have fewer cases of strokes, heart rhythm problems, and certain cancers. Drinking your morning cup of java can also be good for your skin. A study in the journal Cancer Research, which looked at the caffeine in coffee, found those who drink coffee have a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. Sounds like there are plenty of great reasons to keep indulging in your favorite morning drink!
4. While you’re drinking, enjoy a beer
Yes, beer is another bad habit that’s not bad at all. In fact, beer can protect your heart, boost your immunity, and keep your bones in tip-top shape. Men’s Health explains research found moderate beer drinkers, when compared to non-drinkers, had a 42% lower risk of heart disease. Furthermore, Men’s Health states people who indulge in a post-workout beer may be more hydrated than those who rely on water. Need another reason to enjoy your beer guilt-free? It can be good for your vision. According to the same story, Canadian researchers discovered drinking one lager or stout a day can stop cataracts from forming in the eyes. Happy drinking!
5. Avoiding the shower is good for your hair
Don’t take this too literally — you should still shower. But you don’t need to wash your hair all the time. Hair is a fiber, Paradi Mirmirani, a dermatologist, tells Fitness. That means if you wash it every day, you can cause your hair to lose some of its shape and strength. When you’re planning out your hair washing for the week, it’s best to just follow your scalp’s instructions. If you have a dry scalp, wash your hair a couple of times a week. However, if you’re noticing it’s oily, wash every other day.
6. Enjoy a full-fat dressing
They definitely taste better, but more importantly, if you eat the right kind it’ll help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. According to Health, you should aim for at least 10% of your daily fat intake to come from monounsaturated fats. Omega-3 fatty acids also lower your heart disease risk and can help fight off depression symptoms and rheumatoid arthritis. While the term “full-fat”doesn’t sound like it’s something you should be eating, you really should opt for it over a lower calorie dressing. Some good fats can help make you feel fuller, preventing you from overeating. Just don’t have more than 30% of your daily calories from fat.
7. You skip a workout
It’s OK to even skip two. Aim for three to four workouts a week — that’s still enough to keep you in good shape. Taking a day or two off will give your muscles and mind some time to repair. On the days you take off, still try and be active though, whether it’s taking a walk or doing a little yoga. Men’s Fitness suggests stretching and using a foam roller on your recovery days.
8. Sleep in
Many studies preach about the benefits of getting up before 7 a.m. But, LearnVest writes sleeping late can actually improve your long-term memory, capacity to learn, and your memory organization. Here’s why: People sleep in cycles, and each cycle has more REM sleep (that’s what helps strengthen your memory). When you wake up bright and early, you’re actually cutting off that last REM cycle. Don’t sleep all day, but don’t feel bad when you stay in bed a little bit longer.