We all know that if we want to be at our best, we have to adopt healthy habits every day of our lives. But many people aren’t willing or able to do this, for one reason or another.
Bad health habits seem okay at first. Mostly, your body can absorb one or two insults. But after that, they can begin to drag you down.
Let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent poor health habits and how they ultimately wind up hurting you.
Failing To Eat Enough Veggies
Many people go about their lives, believing that vegetables are somehow optional. They’re not. Humanity evolved, eating a vast quantity of plant matter. And so we still need to consume large amounts of the stuff today.
Many people living in the West, though, eat hardly any vegetables at all. Instead, they spend all their time munching through meat and refined carbohydrate products, which don’t give the body what it needs.
Eating On The Go
We live in an increasingly busy world. Everyone is rushing from one place to another, usually eating as they go.
Researchers, however, think this is a bad idea. Research shows that eating in a rush increases inflammation, blood pressure, and your risk of cancer and heart disease.
Most people aren’t aware of these studies. But the evidence has been around for a long time. Humans need to feel relaxed when they eat. They shouldn’t feel rushed off their feet or pressured.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Fifty years ago, the average person slept around seven and a half hours per night. Now people are lucky if they get six.
This change in sleeping patterns makes people more stressed and is leading to an increase in people seeking help from American Addiction Centers. When we don’t get enough sleep, we are much more likely to engage in destructive behaviors.
The data show that failing to get enough sleep has a range of harmful effects. People who get less than around seven hours per night are at higher risk of irregular heartbeat, higher blood pressure, heart attack, and heart disease.
Not Getting Your Cancer Screenings
Cancer screenings are essential, particularly nowadays when one in every two people get the disease. But many people still don’t show up at the doctor’s office, and it’s putting them at risk.
If you can catch cancer early, it usually means that you can avoid the disease doing any serious harm. When tumors are small, surgery is typically an option, and you can remove cancer without damaging other parts of the body. If you leave it, it’ll spread, and you’ll wind up having to go through much more extreme treatment.
Being Too Sedentary
If possible, you should get some physical activity every day. If you don’t, it can increase your risk of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
If you’re struggling to get movement into your life, recruit a friend. Try to do short intervals, to begin with – perhaps 10 to 15 minutes.