Habits that impact your health can either tilt to the positive side or negative. For instance, excessive alcohol, smoking, or drug abuse, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise are detrimental to good health. On the positive side, choosing to follow a healthy lifestyle which includes eating healthy, exercising, and being aware of your bodies reduce the risk factors for the most common causes of death.
How To Change Bad Habits That Impact Your Health
Heart disease, cancer, and stroke top the list for millions of peoples’ death, or from complications of these diseases. There are followed by chronic liver diseases, respiratory diseases, diabetes, pneumonia, Alzheimer, kidney diseases, and infection. Though heart disease, cancer and stroke tend to be genetically linked, this is only part of the risk for these diseases.
In many cases, your living habits are as crucial to your health as family genetics. If you choose an unhealthy lifestyle, your risk of having a serious health problem is higher.
Choose Healthy Eating
There are three most crucial ways to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Health professionals advise not to start smoking or stop, indulge in fruits and vegetables and less of high-fat foods, and make exercise a lifestyle habit. As a matter of fact, doing just one of these things will improve your health and reduce your risk of these three deadly diseases.
There is no doubt trying to change unhealthy habits can be very difficult. However, you are more likely to make changes in your habits if you set a specific goal for yourself. For instance, make it a habit to add a piece of fruit and one type of vegetable to one meal each day. This kind of goal is easier to remember and plan for. Once this habit becomes the norm, then you can move to another goal.
Be More Physically Active
As regards the goal to be more physically active, set up a walking group at work or in your neighborhood. Alternatively, you can ask a friend to be your exercise partner. This will provide you with support and make physical activity more enjoyable.
Be Aware Of Diseases Early
In addition to lifestyle changes, be vigilant about early detection of diseases. If you notice any symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor for evaluation. You may not be able to guarantee your life will be disease-free. Nonetheless, if you practice healthy habits, and consult your doctor about extra measures you can take, you may at least reduce your risk of these potentially fatal diseases.
The payoff of healthier living is that when your blood pressure is under control, your risk of life-threatening complications decreases. And you may live a longer and happier life free of heart disease and stroke.
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