Bad habits bringing you down? We’ve all fallen into some pretty unhealthy habits in the past. Whether it’s an unhealthy obsession with chocolate or a more serious addiction. Shedding these troublesome habits will undoubtedly make us healthier and happier. Here are the top bad habits you need to ditch for a healthier life…
Not Drinking Enough Water
This is a common bad habit. Water has been replaced as the drink of choice by sugary fruit juices and calorie laden fizzy drinks. Not only are the alternatives really bad for you, but water helps your body out in so many ways.
Staying hydrated is great for our skin. Drinking water helps to keep skin looking youthful and radiant. It also helps to flush toxins out of our body. Drinking water regularly can remove harmful toxins from the body via our kidneys. If that wasn’t enough, water also helps our muscles and joints to work more efficiently. Lastly, keeping hydrated helps our brain and memory to be sharp and focussed.
With benefits for our bodies, skin, and even brains, its clear water drinking is a must. To get into the habit, fill up a water bottle at the start of the day and carry it around with you. To work, lectures, wherever you go. Take frequent sips and you’ll feel less hungry and in a better mood!
Smoking isn’t just a bad habit, it’s a dangerous one. We all know that smoking can lead to cancer and heart disease. Shockingly Over 480,000 people in the USA and 100,000 in the UK die because of smoking each year. It’s a tough habit to get rid of, but it is doable.
If the thought of going cold turkey is a little overwhelming there are ways that you can start small and eventually quit for good. Try vaping. Vaping is similar to smoking but without all the harmful toxins. Check out O2VAPE.com for some more information. Other tools to help you quit altogether are nicotine patches and sprays. Stopping smoking for good will make you feel fitter and lower your risk of developing life-threatening diseases.
Not Eating Breakfast
Oversleeping, or prioritizing other things in the morning, can mean that we skip breakfast. This is no good. It’s all about what we eat as well as when we eat. Breakfast is the first meal of the day and needs to be a good one. In order to take on the challenges of the day, we need to refuel our bodies. We also digest better throughout the day than in the evening. So there is evidence to suggest that breakfast should be the biggest and most important meal of the day.
To break this bad habit, set your breakfast out the night before. If you’re having porridge, get the oats ready in a bowl with a spoon. In the morning it’ll be less hassle to add milk than it is to pack all of that away. Have eggs. Eggs are a healthy way to start the day and they also take no time at all to make. As with the cereal, pre-grate some cheese and chop mushrooms. Leave in the fridge overnight and chuck in an omelet for a quick and tasty breakfast. In terms of time, it comes down to waking up earlier. Sorry, but it has to be done.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.