We’re all guilty of it. Doing things on a daily basis we know aren’t good for us, but powering through anyway and saying ‘tomorrow will better’. Great approach. Some habits, however, do require immediate awareness and change; helping prevent any long-term negative effects. here are 4 habits to improve asap.
Sitting All Day
We’ve moved from nomadic creatures to a very sedentary culture. What this means is that the majority of us spend way too much sitting at desks or in cars all day. Sitting for prolonged periods is directly linked to a variety of chronic health problems including heart disease, cancer and obesity. Set your phone alarm as a friendly reminder to take a 5-10 minute walk every 2 hours, invest in a standing desk, and make a point of talking evening strolls to get your body and blood moving.
Sleeping Too Little
In addition to being sedentary, we’re also a very busy and over-worked culture. This leads to skipping on sleep instead of allowing our bodies to rest and recover properly. Along with sitting all day, chronic sleep deprivation is also directly responsible for many serious health conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure and strokes. Focus on making the necessary changes to your sleep schedule and bedroom environment, providing your body the necessary rest it requires to function well.
Stress ages the body inside and out. Plus it frequently leads to lack of sleep and/or poor quality sleep, compounding the negative effects on your overall health. Although stress is unavoidable, how you react to it isn’t. If you find that chronic stress plagues your daily life, start to incorporate stress-reduction techniques into your routine. Deep breathing, yoga, social time with loved ones, laughter, massages and long showers are all great options to start with.
Cooking with Toxic Oils
You already know that deep-frying food in heavy oils are dramatically bad for your health. But did you know that cooking with certain oils can also be toxic to your health? Cooking with high-heat oils such as soybean oil, canola and vegetable oil releases carcinogenic particles, causing inflammation and toxicity in the body. Cook on medium to low temps with olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil instead to protect your long-term health.
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