Staying healthy is a challenge that may seem daunting at first, as we are constantly bombarded with new diet and health fads. Many of us lead busy lives, resulting in the development of habits that could be harming our overall health. Continue reading to discover some of the most prevalent of these habits and what you can do to change them to improve your health.
Using plastic bottles: Drinking water to keep hydrated is a fantastic way to keep you healthy, but those convenient plastic bottles you pick up from the store or gas station may contain BPA. BPA is a chemical used in some plastics that has been linked to fertility issues and obesity. Rather than buying a plastic bottle on the way to work, invest in a glass or metal BPA-free alternative that you can refill whenever. Not only is it better for your health, it’s better for the environment too.
Poor sleep: The National Sleep Foundation has asserted that most Americans do not get enough sleep. A lack of sleep over an extended period can lead to weight gain, obesity, anxiety, depression, and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can result in the development of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Make a point of getting to bed at a decent time and limiting your exposure to screens before bed to get a better night’s sleep.
Being a couch potato: You sit down at work for most of your day in front of a computer screen, and when you get home, all you want to do is veg out on the couch in front of the TV. This creates a sedentary lifestyle that can lead to obesity and the health issues that are often associated with it, such as diabetes and heart disease. Combat this by going for walks on your lunch break at work, or moving around when you get home by doing some chores or taking an after-dinner stroll.
Meals are rushed: You’re always on the go, grabbing food from a drive through and eating without thinking. These fast choices are often not very nutritional and eaten too quickly for your body to process when you are full, leading to overeating. Try planning your meals ahead of time to ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs rather than having to grab a quick bite while you’re rushing through your day.
You skip the weights: You’re on the right track and make a point to get some cardio in throughout the week, but if you skip lifting weights, you may be allowing your body’s metabolism to slow down. This is because as you age, your muscles get smaller and this allows your metabolism to slow down. To prevent this, participating in even some light weight training can help. Try working in some strength training to keep your metabolism functioning as you age.
Your health can be affected by a number of things, including your dietary, sleep, and exercise habits, and making a change to any one of these potentially harmful habits can help you live a healthier life.
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