A burger once a week? Skipping the gym when you
just don’t feel like it? We all do certain things sometimes and think they
can’t possibly be that bad for our health! What’s one little burger going to
do? You would be shocked to realize that many of our seemingly harmless habits
can be subtracting years from our lives! Read on to see what these habits are
so you can stop doing them and add years to your life!
1. You Make Bad Food Decisions
Most experts agree that a diet that is low in
refined carbohydrates (such as white bread and pasta) is the best kind of diet.
It is important to have a healthy and balanced diet full of greens and
proteins. The more of these healthy foods you eat the longer and healthier your
life will be. Many studies show that a
Mediterranean diet (filled with healthy fats and vegetables) can add years to
your life. Start eating those vegetables and fruits to get your body and health
2. You Gain a Few Extra Pounds
With aging comes a slower metabolism, which then
makes weight gain inevitable, so it is essential to alter our diet and exercise
habits as we age. Start eating small meals throughout that day to boost your
metabolism. Don’t let your body take control of you, take control over your
body. Having a healthy metabolism will help with the digestion of your foods
and lower health risks. Studies show that losing as little as 10% of your body
weight has numerous health benefits, so start with that goal!
3. You Don’t Get Enough Sleep
Not only does a lack of sleep mean you won’t be
looking your best come morning, but you could also be sluggish and have no
energy. Not sleeping can lead to serious
health problems and lower your alertness levels. Without any energy and
alertness you could be depriving your body of making healthy eating choices and
lack of exercise. Plus, you could be putting the lives of others at risk due to
accidentally falling asleep behind the wheel.
4. You Avoid Exercise
If you are in good shape, then you may avoid
exercise thinking that you don’t need it. However, exercise has many different
benefits for your health – such as lowering the risk of heart disease,
improving cognitive health, and contributing to strong bones and muscles.
Exercising will give you energy for the day and build a more positive outlook
mentally due to the release of endorphins.