Unhealthy habits can start to develop after many years of neglecting your body, without you ever realizing it. Look over the list carefully, and start planning for your future by putting a stop to these unhealthy habits:
Most people barely have any time for sleep, let alone exercise. Living a sedentary lifestyle with little to no exercise can lead to serious health conditions like stroke or arthritis. For adults, better health practices include 30 minutes per day of physical activity. This doesn't have to be done all at once. For example, think about doing a 10 minute walk during the day, and 20 minutes of light weight lifting or cardio when you get home. There are even exercises that can be performed when you're at work or while you travel.
Many people prefer drinking any other type of beverage aside from water. Companies have even gone to great lengths to entice people to drink water by creating flavored water. The fact of the matter is these people are drinking their daily allowance for calories away. What about diet soda and other diet beverages that use artificial sweeteners? Diet drinks are fine, until you are unable to find one, and resort to a non-diet drink like regular cola because you still can't stand the taste of water.
An addiction to junk food is just something that gets harder and harder to avoid as people get older. With less and less time on your hands, it's easier to get a hold of food that's really bad for you as opposed to something healthy. Fast food, vending machines and microwave meals can satisfy your hunger pangs, but they are also filled with foods high in calories and sodium that can lead to health complications like heart disease and too much "bad" cholesterol, also known as HDL cholesterol.
Eating junk food is one problem, but doing it in front of the television just compounds the issue and can lead to obesity and other health complications. The main issues with eating in front of the TV are:
Skipping even one hour of sleep per day can have drastic effects on your health. When you're constantly tired, you are more prone to accidents, and you run the risk of developing:
Studies have also shown a correlation between type 2 diabetes and too much sleep due to a disruption in blood sugar levels. That means you'll want to aim at eight hours per day; no more, no less.
An occasional cup of coffee can actually be very beneficial to your health, but an addiction to caffeine is a whole other story. Too much caffeine can affect your regular sleeping pattern and can lead to high levels of stress.
If you've developed some of the previous unhealthy habits, then you've probably been ignoring your nutrition as well. If you aren't supplying your body with the right amount of vitamins and nutrients, you are putting yourself at risk for developing severe health complications.
Spending too much time in front of the TV creates a sedentary lifestyle. This makes you lazy, and less likely to get up and exercise. Pair that with the bad habit of eating in front of the TV, and you've got yourself a double dose of trouble. If you need your TV time, then try doing something productive while you watch like running on the treadmill or some other type of exercise.
Alcohol is something that's meant to be consumed in moderation, not every time you have a bad, or good, day at the office. Many people tend to overlook the dangers of alcoholism and excessive drinking. Some of the potential health risks of excessive drinking include:
The worst of all these unhealthy habits on this list is smoking. Not only is smoking one of the leading causes of death, it can also lead to:
With so many health risks associated with smoking, it's a mystery as to why people don't quit this unhealthy habit sooner.
The worst thing about this list is all of these unhealthy habits are, somehow, interconnected:
By breaking these unhealthy habits, you are not only improving yourself, but you are also making a lifestyle change for the better.