Five everyday things you're doing wrong

By Robyn Lucas
07 July 2017

You might be surprised to know certain things you do on a daily basis - such as brushing your teeth - aren't being done correctly.

Here are five everyday things you do totally wrong:

1. Breathing

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People breathe approximately 20-30 times a minute. It’s such a natural thing to do, how could you possibly get it wrong? But there's a correct way to breathe.

If you raise your shoulders and puff out your chest while inhaling you're definitely doing it incorrectly! Instead you should use your diaphragm, which is located beneath your lungs, to aid breathing.

Don't know how to breathe using your diaphragm?  Here are a few tips from

  • Start by sitting in an upright position, looking straight ahead.
  • Put one hand on your upper chest and the other over your diaphragm. Your objective is to have the lower hand rise first when you inhale.
  • Breathe in and out gently, wait for a second or two until the body spontaneously begins the inhalation – this will occur naturally and of its own accord.
  • Allow the air to naturally flow in until it stops, again of its own accord. Make no effort whatsoever to deepen the inhalation. Exhale. Let your body find its own natural rate of breathing. Relax and allow your respiration to slow down and become more and more shallow. Remember, your aim is to relax and counter the effects of losing carbon dioxide caused by anxious, rapid, upper chest breathing.
  • Do this exercise for 10-15 minutes every day.

By breathing the correct way you could improve stress levels, increase your stamina and lower your blood pressure.

2. Bathing

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Who thought that bathing could be harmful? According to - bathing or showering more than once a day damages the outermost layer of your skin. This makes you more susceptible to diseases.

So skipping a shower or two might not be a bad thing to do, your skin needs a break!

3. Brushing your teeth

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It’s a given that no one wants to have smelly breath, but brushing your teeth more than twice a day could cause some serious damage - It can be quite abrasive to your teeth and wears down your enamel.

Make sure you floss more than you brush as it gets rid of particles that could cause bacterial build-up - resulting in bad odours - and is less harmful than a toothbrush.

4. Sitting

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Sitting for long periods of time could cause havoc in your body, says

Apparently, prolonged sitting could lead to serious illnesses, such as various types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We're sitting ourselves to death," says Dr James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic.

Instead of sitting at your desk all day, get up every now and again to stretch your legs.

5. Peeling a banana

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How could you possibly peel a banana wrong? Many people start peeling a banana from the top (stem), but that is the incorrect way of doing it.

Monkeys in the wild have a way different approach. They start at the bottom, pinch, and start peeling back towards the stem. According to

This makes for an easier, unbruised banana peeling experience.

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