In the name of ‘social graces’ many of us have stifled things that are considered unacceptable in the public. However, these “bad manners” may actually be good for you. Check out the following to see if what you’re keeping to yourself may be the very thing that’s keeping you healthy.
Cracking Your Knuckles
The very thought of doing this may send chills through your body, but studies show that people who crack their knuckles on a regular basis have more flexibility and movement in their hands. Crack away!
Biting Your Nails
I’m sure all nail-biters at some point in their lives were told to “cut it out,” but this nasty habit has been linked to fewer illnesses in the people who engage in this pastime. Biting your nails exposes you to trace amount of ‘bugs’ that help your immune system to build up in strength so you’re better able to fight off viruses and bacteria. As long as your nails aren’t totally filthy, this bad habit is totally good for you. Bite away!
Skipping a Workout
I was really excited when I found this out. Unless your a professional athlete it’s not necessary to workout everyday, in fact skipping a day or two is more beneficial because it gives your muscles time to repair themselves and get stronger (however, take it from me, waiting a month in between workouts isn’t good either). Skip a day away!
Holding back a burp can cause chest pain and heart burn. So if you tend to need to burp after certain foods, like beans, beer and carbonated drinks (and you don’t want to belch in public) cut back on these when you know you will be out of the house. Otherwise, burp away!
Eating in Bed
It’s never good to eat when you are feeling rushed or uptight as it can lead to digestive problems, but being in bed is usually when we are the most relaxed. Personally, I hate sleeping in a crumb filled bed, but for those of you who don’t mind, eating in bed is very good for you. Munch away!
If you’re not a naturally fidgety person, seeing someone doing this may drive you crazy, however; it is actually a good thing. A fidgety person tends to have a higher metabolism, less joint and back pain and a better memory. Plus, even though they may look nervous when in the act, they are actually less stressed. Fidget away!
Hawking a big loogy is disgusting, but there are times when spitting is necessary and beneficial. When you’re exercising your body produces more salvia. Too much salvia can build up and interfere with breathing, so in this case it’s good to expel it. Spit Away!
Now that you know what bad habits are actually good for you, feel free to go ahead and indulge in them. And if anyone tells you you’re disgusting, take peace in the fact that you’re keeping your body healthy – even if you are a social outcast.