Committing health 'suicide' is like long and slow torture that fools the victim into believing that there's a way out, but there never really is. That’s how important it is to look after your health. You may not know it, but some bad habits in your current lifestyle may lead you to commit health 'suicide' sooner or later. Here are just 6 of them, but common sense will tell you there are probably more.
Tomorrow is another day
Watch this video. It may inspire you to get out of the excuses, excuses, excuses mindset. Are you too old, too out of shape, too tired? Too busy? Well in the time you spend making up new excuses for yourself or to your personal trainer, you can probably squeeze in a workout. And we suggest you do just that, because there is no healthier habit than exercise.
I’ll have the pizza please.
Do you often skip the salad for pizza or pasta? You may look ok, and feel ok right now, but you probably will suffer from essential vitamins and mineral deficiency over time. Salads and vegetables should be a big part of your healthy lifestyle.
Believe everything you read
The average consumer is bombarded with messages from all media everywhere she/he looks. You may be innocently switching channels when a new ‘healthy’ oil grabs your attention. But think about this. How many advertisers out there really tell you, forget all of this and go get some spinach or good old-fashioned carrots? Believing everything you read and hear, especially in the domain of health foods and diet fads, is definitely a great way to forego your health for quick and easy gains.
All work and no play
Not only does all work and no play make you a dull boy (or girl) but studies have also shown that it makes you counterproductive. Take a look at this article, citing all work and no play as a reason for divorce rates in the US for having tripled in the recent past. Also this study conducted by Air New Zealand on passengers flying between Auckland and Los Angeles. It said that that travelers were 82% more productive following a vacation, and the benefits didn’t stop there: Study participants also reported getting more high-quality sleep following a vacation.
So it may be time to slow down, make a conscious effort to leave work early, and take vacations, in order to ensure that you are taking care of your health.
Same workout, different results?
If you’ve been exercising for years with the same routine and have suddenly seen weight gain in recent times, it may be because you are not doing enough to mix up your workouts. Mixing up your workouts is very important as over a period of time when your body is doing the same thing over and over, it comes up with its own mechanism of being more productive while exerting less, and still performing better and better. Mixing up your workouts will not only challenge your muscles and make some forgotten ones perform, but will also challenge your mind and will make you feel like wanting to do more.
Drink like a fish, eat like a bird.
This is a common mistake made in today’s times. In order to save up on the calorie requirements for the day a lot of people (especially the women), eat next to nothing, getting a lot of their calories from alcohol. Most of them are probably skinny, and they probably get drunk faster than the rest, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this eating pattern results in severe deficiencies in protein, vital vitamins, nutrients and fat, all of which can up the risk of osteoporosis and other diseases.
So here are some of the sure shot ways to compromise your health for short-term and irrelevant gains. Thinking of health in the long run means you have to start today to change your lifestyle to a healthy one.
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