Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Over time, it’s easy to get into habits that are a little on the unhealthy side, such as having a takeaway every Friday night. However, if you’re conscious about your health and want to give your body a boost, it’s important to put a stop to those unhealthy habits. Don’t attempt to tackle all your ‘bad’ habits at once, focus on one at a time. Else, you may end up getting a little overwhelmed.

To help make it easier to choose which habits to quit first, here’s a list of four things to quit. (Many of us forget that our habits often affect our mental health as well as our physical health.)

1. Smoking

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Of all the nasty habits, smoking is by far the worst. Not only the worst in terms of how it damages your health, but also regarding the other effects that come with it. Think yellow, stained teeth, bad breath and skin that’s twice as prone to early aging.

If you’re someone who smokes, the best thing that you can do to become healthier is quit. It might not be easy, but if you want a healthier, happier body, the cigarettes have to go. To make the process easier for yourself, consider switching to vaping. This method has proved successful for thousands of ex-smokers, so it’s definitely worth a go.

2. Alcohol and drugs

If you’re someone who drinks a lot and often uses drugs, this is a habit that you have to kick. Alcohol can cause all sorts of health problems, as can drugs. If you’re serious about wanting to become healthier, you need to make an effort to stop drinking and using drugs.

It might be hard at first, but if you’re serious about wanting to be healthier, it’s a change you have to make. As well as affecting your physical health, excessive use of drugs and alcohol are linked to many mental health conditions. From anxiety to depression, alcohol and drugs significantly increase your risk of these conditions. If you want to be healthier, inside and out, book yourself into a treatment center and get off the drugs and alcohol.

3. Processed foods

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Every so often, we all fancy unhealthy foods. Be it a burger and chips or crisps and squirty cheese dip, processed foods aren’t good for you. Not only are they packed full of trans fats, but they’re also full of sugar, salt and all sorts of other nastiness.

Processed foods are the most common cause of weight gain because of how packed full of empty calories they are. If you want a healthier body, swapping the processed foods for healthy alternatives is a must. Make a conscious effort only to eat fresh foods, and you’ll soon feel healthier.

4. Failing to exercise

Putting off exercise is far too easy, but if you want a healthy body, keeping active is crucial. Did you know that not only does exercise help with weight and toning but also prevents many health conditions?

For instance, people who exercise regularly, are less prone to diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Make exercise a part of your day - walk to work and always take the stairs, and you’ll find staying in shape much easier.

For a healthier mind and body, it’s crucial that you make these changes, as soon as possible.

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