We all know that we can always improve our health and fitness habits. We also know that we don’t always engage in the best habits for our health and fitness. In some cases, it’s hard to realize that some of our habits are actually extremely unhealthy. Even if you exercise and eat right often, there are various habits that can practically negate all the progress you make. We’ll talk about a few of them below.
- Getting Sedentary
A sedentary lifestyle might be comfortable, but it isn’t very conducive to positive health benefits. It is not uncommon for people to come home from work, park themselves on the couch, and watch TV for hours on end. Of course, there are many problems with just sitting down for hours at a time. The human body was made to move, and you’re missing out on even basic exercise opportunities. One study also showed that people who watch more than two hours of television each day are considerably more likely to incur type II diabetes. It is not uncommon to eat sugary, high-calorie foods while mindlessly taking in images from the TV.
- Living with Too Much Stress
Stress is hard to deal with in the short-term. It can keep your mind racing and keep you from feeling relaxed or happy. But, stress also has a surprising amount of physical detriments. It can increase your heart rate, slow down your digestion, spike up your blood sugar, and even limit the effectiveness of your immune system. Deal with your stress with exercise or even meditation to avoid the long-term side effects it can produce.
- Snacking Constantly
Snacking can become a habit that we start without realizing it. You may not realize how much snack food you go through, but try to keep track of your snack food budget. If you go through a few bags of chips and candies every week, then you should think about cutting back on your snacking. Only eat when your body actually sends physical cravings. If the temptation to snack is too much, then keep a few bananas or apple slices readily available. Raisins, nuts, and rice cakes are also good snack alternatives.
- Overindulging in Alcohol
While drinking alcohol in moderation is fine (and maybe even healthy), overindulging in the substance can produce negative long-term effects. Women who have two drinks each day and men who have at least 3 are at a much greater risk of developing liver problems, high blood pressure, depression, and other major ailments. Of course, alcohol dependence can also reduce the quality of your life. If you become addicted to alcohol, it’s important to seek professional help.
One key to treating all of these habits is engaging in the right kind of exercise. Exercise can keep you on your feet, limit your stress, provide fulfillment, and produce a high that is better than anything alcohol can offer. If you are engaging in these habits, try to replace them with a healthy exercise regimen.