There is surely no person on this planet who doesn’t know the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
And yet, despite this, many people still opt to ignore their body’s needs and choose to live a life full of bad habits that could very much hurt our health in the long run.
While it is true that sometimes, it can become unavoidable, and we have no choice but to do so, it is still largely up to you to adapt these actions as long term habits.
That being said, here are 5 bad health habits that you should quit as soon as possible or avoid right from the start..
1. Skipping meals.
Quite possibly the most common bad habit of the average salaryman and the average businessman alike.
Skipping meals does more than just leave us hungry for extended periods of time, but it also prevents us from getting the energy we need to power through the busy workdays.
Food gives us energy from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, which we use in each and every activity. Not eating the right amount of food, or not eating at all will greatly affect our productivity.
Not to mention how we also get glucose from our food, which is our brain’s primary source of energy. So not only will we be constantly hungry and distracted, but we’ll actually have a reduced ability to think and concentrate on the tasks at hand.
2. Eating rubbish.
No, we don’t mean actual rubbish that you find in the bins, but junk food and other unhealthy meals and snacks.
It’s not just the amount of food you eat that matters, but also the kind.
It doesn’t matter that you eat every meal on time without missing a single one if you’re not getting enough of the right nutrients to actually sustain your body.
It would be like trying to fill an electric car with petrol. It won’t power up your car, and it might just damage it in the end, rendering it useless.
It’s important to watch what you eat, and to have a balanced diet.
After all, you are what you eat.
3. Not getting enough sleep.
On the topic of energy, getting adequate sleep is also important for our health.
Unfortunately, as things aren’t like they used to, we sometimes have to give up some sleep for our other commitments, such as chasing after an important deadline, or needing to wake up extra early to catch that early morning commute. And that’s perfectly understandable.
But outside of our responsibilities to work and family, there are also a lot of unnecessary activities in the mix, like staying up late to binge a new series when we know that we have work in the morning.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little extra effort in better organising our schedules and managing our time. Even if it only buys us a little extra time, every second is worth it.
You’re more productive when you’re well rested.
Whether you’re trying to get those extra hours in for financial reasons, time management reasons, or just simply because of your love for your craft, it’s very easy to fall into the habit of working more than you actually need to.
Even if you get a full 8 hours of sleep, if you’re constantly working yourself to the bone, you’ll still find yourself fatigued for most of the day.
And that goes back to our previous point of how you’re more productive when rested. If you keep working overtime, you’ll get more and more tired as time goes on, both physically and mentally.
As they say, the brightest stars burn out the fastest.
5. Lazing around.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s also bad to be too rested.
Specifically, it’s bad to lack any form of regular physical activity.
Just because we live in more convenient times where technology can do just about anything for us doesn’t mean we actually should.
Without any regular physical activity, our body gets weaker, not just in terms of strength, but also in terms of bodily function.
We’ll find ourselves tired more easily and more often. The slightest inconveniences could injure us. And we could get sick more often.
Regularly exercising, can greatly boost your immune system, and can keep you physically fit.
The best part is that it doesn’t have to be too hard or heavy. What’s important is that you’re consistent.
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