I’ve got a few “worst places” to share! Like the absolute worst place to fall asleep, the worst place to put a workout reminder, and the worst place to set fruit before washing it. Here are the details from MSNBC:
- Let’s start with your workout reminder. The worst place to put it is: on your note-covered fridge. According to exercise psychologist Paddy Ekkekakis, a visual nudge can help, but only if you notice it. The trick is to put your reminder near a decision point. For example, keep your pile of Pilates DVDs by the TV. Or put a sticky-note on your steering wheel to make sure you go to your spinning class after work. Just remember: Reminders quickly lose their effectiveness, so change the visuals often.
- Okay, where’s the worst place to stand when you begin a new fitness class? Front and center. You might think being near the mirrors makes it easier to check your form, but you’ll be more motivated if your view is obstructed. According to a study at McMasters University, adults who exercised in a mirrored room felt more anxious about their body’s imperfections than those who sweated without mirrors to distract them.
- The worst place to try to fall asleep is under a pile of blankets. According to biologist Helen Burgess, your core body temperature naturally drops at night, triggering drowsiness. Being overheated can keep you from nodding off. Dr. Burgess suggests helping your body radiate excess heat from your extremities. Simply stick on a pair of socks to dilate the blood vessels, then take off the socks, and stick one foot out from under the blankets to cool back down.
- Finally, the worst place to set fruit before washing it is in the kitchen sink! Microbiologist Kelly Reynolds says that the kitchen sink sees the most bacterial traffic of all household surfaces – even more than the toilet! So, if the perfect strawberry drops while you’re washing it – pop it in the trash instead of your mouth.