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5 Common Unhealthy Habits

5 Common Unhealthy Habits

Thursday 20th January 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

It's January 2022 and for many people, a New Year's Resolution may be to make an effort to be healthier. However, there are some common habits which, without you knowing, could be sabotaging your efforts. In today's blog, we will be sharing with you 5 of those unhealthy habits and ways in which you can avoid them. It should be noted that you don't have to expect yourself to change all of these habits at once, nor should you fret if you occasionally fall off the wagon and slip back into one of them. What matters the most is that you get back on top

1. Snacking when you're not hungry - When you lose touch of your body's natural hunger and satisfaction signals, you can risk developing chronic overeating and/or gaining extra pounds. This can lead to an increase in the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other similar conditions. By paying attention to your body's hunger signals and switching to eating healthier snacks, you can not only boost your nutrition and control your cravings but you can also avoid energy slumps. Because you are eating healthier, you will also begin to notice your weight fall to a healthier level.

2. Spending too much time on the couch watching TV - For a long time, a sedentary lifestyle has been linked to poor health. Studies have shown that the less physically active you are, the greater your odds of being overweight are. This is also a common cause of type 2 diabetes. A great way of fixing this bad habit is to try and reduce the amount of time that you watch TV to just 2 hours and ensure that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise. To follow on to the above point, try and avoid snacking whilst watching TV as you can easily be consuming hundreds of calories without realizing.

3. Overspending way into your debt - Money worries can come with serious health consequences. Studies have shown that people who are suffering from financial stress have a greater level of inflammation. This increase isn't necessarily caused by negative emotions but instead because of decreased positive emotions.

4. Eating too much fast food - It is common knowledge that having a steady diet of fast food can lead to a growing waistline but what people seem to also forget is that it can also result in an assortment of obesity-related health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Fast food has also been shown to reduce the effectiveness of the immune system and lead to poor mental health. By switching to healthy food, you will feel the benefits almost immediately and the substantial benefits of switching will be long lasting.

5. Behaviour that leaves you angry, stressed or worried all of the time - When your body is flooded with a cascade of stress hormones, your blood pressure and blood sugars raise and your immunity lowers. Your digestion will also slow and all of these factors together can make you feel depressed. Stress is intended to be a fight or flight response which is short lived but in the modern world, chronic stressors can have a far-reaching impact on your health. These impacts include cravings for high-fat, sugary foods which in turn increases your risk of being overweight which is a factor that can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes and a heightened risk of heart disease.