Every one of us has a bad habit or two. Maybe even more. But there are several bad habits that can wreak havoc on your health-way and fitness thereby affecting your life in a detrimental way.
Bad habits can be hard to break especially if it is something you have been doing in a lifetime.
Below you will find 7 habits that could potentially ruin your life and how you can break them:
1. Snacking Nonstop Even When You Are not Hungry.
Comfort eating, stress eating. Whatever the cause, eating when you are not hungry or snacking non-stop can be a seriously bad habit. Why? It can cause you to lose touch with your body’s natural hunger and satisfaction signals and this can pack on the pounds leading to heart disease and diabetes.
How can you break the habit? Wait until you are truly hungry to eat. If you think you are hungry, try drinking water you might just be thirsty. Stop eating before you feel stuffed, just before you feel full and wait a few minutes. You will eat less this way and that can translate to weight loss.
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2. Eating Too Much Junk Food And Skipping Breakfast.
This ties in closely with number one. Not only can you lose track of natural feelings of hunger and fullness, if you are snacking primarily on processed and junk foods, you are filling your body with unhealthy ingredients. Switching to healthy snacks and meals can cut calories, get your body the nutrients it needs, and this can translate to feeling better and dropping weight.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. It fuels your body and gets it ready to take on the day ahead. Skipping it can cause serious issues with your blood sugar levels and actually slow down your metabolism.
3. Spending too Much Time Watching TV.
Sure, we all have our must-watch shows or have gone on a netflix binge. The more time you spend in front of the tv, however, leaves less time for exercise. TV time instead of engaging in hobbies or exercising your brain can also speed up memory loss.
Break the habit by setting a limit on your TV time, not more than two hours a day. Also, aim for 30 minutes of exercise. You can also limit tv time by only turning
on the television when you have something specific you want to watch.
4. Abusing or Overusing Painkillers.
Over time, medications like ibuprofen and aspirin can increase your risk of developing ulcer, gastrointestinal, bleeding, high blood pressure and heart attacks. Prescribed painkillers like Vicodin or Oxycodone, if taken incorrectly can develop into a habit that can damage your liver. Break the painkiller dependency by taking medications only as they are prescribed.
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You can also look into alternative therapies such as acupressure or other herbal remedies. If you live in a medical marijuana state talk to your doctor about your symptoms and how medical marijuana might be able to help you.
5. Getting Too Many Sunburns.
The commitment to maintaining that sun burned skin may look great.
but there is a drawback. It also begins to prematurely age your skin. It destroys the fibers that keep skin elastic and looking great.
More importantly, just a few sunburns can increase your chances of skin cancer. Break the habit by making a habit of applying sunscreen. Use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun damaging rays. You can get that bronzed look with self-tanners without the cancer risk.
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6. Skimping on sleep.
Consistently getting by on just a few hours sleep can really affect your mood, concentration, and even your immune system. Loss of sleep can affect your body’s ability to fight off germs and pathogens. It can also lead to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which can trigger stress eating and cause weight gain. Break the habit by getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
7. Not exercising.
Experts are in agreement: an inactivity epidemic is worse than the obesity epidemic. Exercise is a natural inflammation fighter and one of the largest killers, heart disease, is associated with inflammation. Exercise also boosts mood and helps fight depression. Break the habit by scheduling time to at least go for a 30 to 45 minute walk daily. Incorporate strength training into your tv time by doing dumbbell curls while you sit and watch. It will help burn calories and help you loss weight.
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