4 Unhealthy Habits You Can Change NOW
Posted by Caitlin Norton
Stress, sitting for hours at work, high calorie snacking, lack of sleep. We all know by now that these are bad for our health, but many people think they have no control because of their hectic lifestyle and family & work commitments. Well there are small, simple changes you can implement to decrease the effects from these unhealthy habits or break them altogether.Check out the four unhealthy habits you can change NOW!
1. Not Enough Sleep
Studies have found that getting fewer than 6 hours of shut-eye a night can lead to weight gain. One theory also states that when you’re very tired you’re less mindful of making healthier food choices.
Solve it: Record your favorite television program, skip the video games, turn off the smart phone, and enforce your own bedtime. Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night is important for good health and that episode of Dancing with the Stars will be on your DVR for you to watch tomorrow (while you’re working out).
2. Excess Stress
Stress happens, but it’s no secret that prolonged stress is not very good for weight loss efforts. A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that you are less likely to lose 10 pounds if you get fewer than 6 hours of sleep AND have high stress levels.
Solve it: Find ways to relieve some tension like indulging in a bubble bath or signing up for a yoga class. Take a deep breath and see where you can alleviate some of the stress.
3. Too Much Tushie Time
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that sitting for a prolonged period of time increases your risk of death—even if you DO engage in regular physical activity. Those who sat between 8 to 11 hours a day had a 15 percent higher chance of dying compared with those who sat fewer than 4 hours a day. Sitting time isn’t only calculated at work, we spend a lot of time lounging out in front of the TV, driving, and eating which all count as sitting-down time.
Solve it: Use small windows of opportunity to get up and walking. Use your lunch break to take a walk around the block, stand up during long calls or use wireless headsets that allow you to easily pace around, or get off a stop earlier on the bus or subway.
4. Snacking Overload
Do you find yourself hungry throughout the day? Are you making numerous trips to the vending machine for high-calorie, processed snacks? Those calories and fat can really add up.
Solve it: If you have a variety of choices in your vending machine, make sure you’re making the smartest ones. You can also save money and eat healthier by packing your own snacks. Homemade trail mix, granola bars, low-fat yogurt and fruit are all better-for-you choices.