The journey to a long, healthy life is one which many of us strive for and work hard to get to. However, the majority of us still partake in some pretty bad habits which can tear apart the good work we’ve been doing, from drinking too much to getting stressed over the smallest things.
There are some habits which can destroy your healthy lifestyle and ruin your willpower. Today we are going to take a look at a few of the bad habits that you need to quit for a healthier, happier body.
Being A Couch Potato
Yes, sitting on the sofa is a bad habit. Of course, at the end of a long day at work, you are more than entitled to sit down and relax with your favourite Netflix series. But at the weekend, it is best to try and avoid plush seats during the daytime.
Staying sedentary is bad for your health in a few ways; it harms your posture, can lead to back problems, and slows your metabolism down making you gain weight more easily. There’s nothing wrong with sitting down in the evenings, just try to get up and moving as much as you can.
Only eat when you are hungry. That is the golden rule of a healthy diet and a fast metabolism. Don’t just eat because you are bored, or because you feel rude leaving food on your plate. Learn to read your body’s signals and stop eating when you feel full.
The best way to do this is to eat more slowly, it gives the food chance to hit your stomach, and you will feel full quicker.
Just like eating, drinking is one of those things we do as a social obligation. There is nothing wrong with having a drink at the weekend, in fact, red wine is supposedly good for your health. But it’s the volume of alcohol we consume which is an issue.
If you’ve ever been hungover, you know how achy and dizzy your body feels. That’s because we have effectively poisoned ourselves. Our body cannot cope with copious amounts of alcohol at once, so next time you are out, try and cut back on the vodka.
Smoking is one of the most addictive habits out there, but it’s also one of the most deadly. Containing tonnes of toxins; a cigarette is full of cancer-causing compounds.
The best way to satiate your need for nicotine is to switch to e-cigarettes; which is something I’ve personally had success with. I’ve even managed to reduce my nicotine intake down to zero and I’m now kicking the vape altogether too. Vaping gives you the same experience of smoking without all of those harmful chemicals, and eventually, you may be able to quit altogether.
Stressing Out Over Everything
Stress-related illness is something many of us take for granted. However, mental illness is just as important as our body. If you find yourself consistently under a lot of pressure, consider taking up meditation. It might sound cheesy, but it is a way of clearing your mind and focusing on your body for a few minutes each day. It can work wonders for your brain.