Cut yourself some slack: Turns out there's a silver lining to your so-called bad habits.
Sound like you? You’re a foot-tapping, pen-clicking, cubicle-pacer. The bad news? You’re really annoying. The good news? You’re destined to be skinnier than those poor, nonfidgety fools.
Don’t sweat it Researchers at the Mayo Clinic tracked ten obese and ten lean self-proclaimed couch potatoes for ten days. They found that lean couch potatoes stood up and moved around about two hours longer than the obese ones.
Keep in mind Little movements throughout the day add up. That extra fidgeting time amounted to an additional 350 calories burned per day for the people in the study. Try talking to coworkers in-person instead of using e-mail or a phone.
Sound like you? “Sorry, I haven’t had my coffee yet this morning,” you mumble to anyone who tries to talk to you before 9am. Stop apologizing for that mug of joe, it’s got plenty of health benefits.
Don’t sweat it Java doesn’t just make you feel more alert, it will also boost your metabolism for about an hour after you finish your mug, a study at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland shows.
Keep in mind Researchers say the effect is weakened when you add extras like milk and sugar, which means frappucinos, mochas and whipped cream-topped lattes are out. Buck up and drink it black, cowboy.
Sound like you? It’s Sunday and you’re parked comfortably on the couch.Three hours into MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 marathon, a voice in your head gives you shit for skipping the gym. Again.
Don’t sweat it Newbie gymgoers often work out too hard or too often when they should be gradually building up an exercise program. It makes them prone to injuries and exercise burn-out, experts say.
Keep in mind Ease in: Start with 20 minutes of cardio twice a week and work up to 45 minutes, five days a week, says Clint Smith, the personal-training manager at Equinox. And join a gym with TV screens on the cardio equipment.
You’re a lush
Sound like you? It’s not like you throw back shots every night of the week, but after a really awful day at work, you enjoy hitting a bar for a cocktail to take the edge off. And weekend drinking is a given.
Don’t sweat it Antioxidant-rich red wine may sharpen your mind: Alcohol can keep blood vessels supple, increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain, according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Cheers!
Keep in mind Most alcohol research supports drinking in moderation, which means one drink a day. And no, you can’t save them all up and drink a pitcher of margaritas on Saturday night.