Of all ages in human history, this is perhaps the golden age of mankind. Because advancement in modern technology coupled with groundbreaking research discoveries in both science and modern medicine have led to the near-total eradication of some of the world’s deadliest diseases.
Never was there a time to have a better quality of life, lead a healthier and more prosperous life and above all, improve one’s longevity than this moment in time.
Yet in spite of these mind-blowing feats in science and medicine, the causes of poor health and premature death in our society have not waned, if anything, they seem to have rather gone up (as the high demand for bed spaces in our hospitals attest).
And a lot of it can be directly linked to our lifestyle choices and poor health habits. While these unhealthy behaviors may pose no serious health risks to those who indulge in them at first, in the long run however they can take a real toll on our bodies and lead to failing general health.
But with better health habits, it is possible to avoid these unhealthy lifestyles and live healthy. In this post, you’ll find seven of these worst unhealthy habits you need to avoid to be your healthiest, fitter and stronger self.
(1) You Listen To Music On Full Blast
I have to confess, I’m one of those music lovers who can’t go a day without my earbud plugged into my both ears. Too often, I find myself tuning up the music volume on my Lumia whenever I’m listening to music on my device through my earbuds.
And like most young people, I tend to enjoy my music best when it’s loudest with the volume turned up to the max, with my music almost deafening and I’m dead to the world. It seemed like a harmless enough habit at first, until people started telling me I wasn’t hearing them unless they spoke to me at the top of their voices.
It just didn’t occur to me what this habit was doing to me – that this regular exposure to loud music was unsafe and had been insidiously screwing with my hearing. A lot of you reading this will confess you are guilty of this too, if you’re being honest.
Hearing experts warn that frequent exposure to loud noise over long periods of time can damage the soft tissue of the inner ear. And if enough cells are destroyed through this, it can lead to permanent loss of hearing. If you want to avoid this loud music-induced deafness at just your prime, don’t listen to music at more than 60% of your maximum volume.
(2) You Stare Too Much At Screens
We are all mostly children of the digital era, awestruck by its overwhelming capabilities while developing an almost unbreakable bond with the ever increasing array of today’s technologies.
Nearly everyone of us now own a smartphone, PC or even wall-sized plasma TV in our homes. But as our love affair with these modern technologies has grown, so too have they opened the door to abuse, meaning many of us can rarely go a day of our lives without staring at the screens of our electronic gadgets.
Some of us rely on our PCs for work, while others socialize on their smartphones and many others spend hours each night with the TV on their favorite shows. But researchers are beginning to relate the rapid rise in failing eyesight to our screen-dependent existence. There’s mounting evidence that prolonged exposure to the low intensity blue light from smartphones, TVs and PCs, which, besides ruining your sleep, could damage the eye’s retina cells leading to myopia. If you don’t want to lose your sleep, or, more importantly, have impaired vision as these researchers warn, consider cutting down on your screen time.
(3) You Are Strapped to a Chair All Day
We hear fitness buffs talk about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle and being always on the move. Yet unconsciously and without meaning to, we ignore them and do things that put us through periods of prolonged inactivity. An instance of this is sitting, which is now widely regarded as “the new smoking” by researchers. And that’s a fluent indicator of just how hazardous sitting for extended periods can be to your health if left unchecked.
According to the Mayoclinic, sitting for long periods of time can be linked to an increasing number of health issues like obesity, increased blood pressure, excess body fat around the waist. What’s worse it’s also been linked to increase risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. If you spend all day sitting at work, behind the wheels or in front of the TV, now might be time to get off your feet and get active.
(4) You Bite Your Nails
Even if you are person of impeccable hygiene with your fingers always manicured, the mere act of having your fingers in between your teeth whether from anxiety or just to keep your mouth busy may have severe health consequences for you. Besides the dental problems and nail abnormalities it might cause, biting your finger nails can make you sick.
Your fingertips are a hotbed for all kinds of germs and bacteria and when you bite your nails, those bacteria can be introduced into your body. When this happens, experts say it could lead to gastrointestinal problems which might impair your quality of life. If this is something you do, you’ve got to stop it or you might be seeing the doctor more often.
(5) You Live On Junk Food
Given the sheer number of people ordering takeout each day, junk food consumption may already seem like a cultural tradition. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find junk foods everywhere from supermarket shelves to high-end eats, and with customers in endless supply, there are more of them springing up near us.
The meals seem far tastier to our home-cooked ones, and they come in handy particularly for those of us who are either too tired or busy to cook or plain terrible at it. They are even so cheap now, you could live on them 24-hours a day. We know just what having too many takeout’s can mean for our fitness. But have we really thought about what a complete dependency on these sweety foods might be doing to our health?
Health experts have already had their say, and this has been further supported by many studies showing how a junk food diet negatively impacts our health. First off, these foods have constituents that override the brain’s mechanism for regulating fullness. So the more of it you take, the stronger its hold on you.
Dr Mercola, the founder of mercola.com says that refined carbohydrates like breakfast cereals, waffles, and most other processed foods quickly break down to sugar in your body contributing to insulin resistance which is the major underlying factor behind every chronic disease. He also adds that it can lead to an increased risk of heart attack. So for a healthier lifestyle, it’s important you don’t binge on any of the many hot-selling junk foods.
(6) You Go Too Many Days Without a Wink of Sleep
Although some people may not realize its importance, nonetheless for a race born into life-long labour, sleep is one of those rare blessings of life bestowed on us, to help us reboot, refresh and replenish our energies after a day’s exertions. Yet, it’s the one thing many would happily sacrifice on the altar of ambition. At every moment, We are either giving up sleep to put in a lot of overtime at work for extra pay or staying up late to binge-watch on Netflix.
We are gradually becoming a race of sleep-deprived people. Going a day without a wink of sleep might not seem exactly that life-threatening, but when those days begin to pile up, it can take a toll on both your mental and physical health and wear you out in every way.
Experts warn that numerous prolonged episodes of sleep deprivation could pose serious health consequences. According to the Mayoclinic, “sleeping less than seven hours a night is associated with weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression.” “When you don’t get enough sleep, you may experience increased body aches and pains, reduced immune function and impaired performance at work.”
To avoid these endless ripple effects of sleep deprivation just outlined above, never get so busy that you can’t have a shut-eye in any single day. By all means, get your beauty sleep and for at least eight hours every night.
(7) You Snack Between Meals
In this era where people binge on nearly everything you could imagine, people with uncontrollable eating habits are a dime a dozen. There are the big eaters who don’t see the point in giving their mouths a moment’s rest. Even after a having meal, you might find them gobbling up on snacks not long afterwards.
In fairness, they are probably unaware of the exact downsides of this unhealthy eating habit. Of course, the dangers of overeating might not be as severe as the other bad habits I’ve talked about earlier, but there’s no doubt about the harm such a habit could do to our health. it can create problems for your health which can be anything but mild.
And here is the reason: when you eat, your body needs time (between four to five hours) to process, break down and digest the foods in your stomach. But when you snack so soon after a meal, you put food on food, interrupting the ongoing digestive process. This could result in indigestion, leading to stomach upset, heartburn and even constipation. You’ll no doubt agree that these ailments can endanger your good health.