We all want to be healthier. You can eat all your fruits and vegetables. You can run for miles and miles per day. It won’t do a lick of difference if you don’t get rid of your vices. We all have them, but at some point it’s time to call it quits. A bit of indulgence here and there never hurt, but as you get older, you’re going to find you don’t have the tolerance anymore.
It might have seemed cool to start smoking when you were 16, but now you’re getting older, and the effects are hitting you. You find catching your breath a struggle. People say your clothes and hair smell. Your teeth and nails are stained yellow by years of cigarettes.
Even if you don’t care about the physical appearance aspects, the health decline should alarm you. If climbing a flight of stairs leaves you gasping, you have serious problems. This is just the start too, continued damage to your lungs can leave you practically immobilised.
Quitting smoking isn’t easy. There are alternatives to going cold turkey though. You have an array of nicotine replacement therapies out there. Find one that works for you, and stick to it until you don’t feel the cravings anymore.
Are you aware of your drinking habits? Alcohol can sometimes get away with you. If you’re a social drinker, it’s hard to get a grasp on how much you’ve had in a week.
The thing is with alcohol, is that it isn’t immediately plainly clear on the damage it is doing to your body. Usually, the warning signs manifest only after a strong percentage of the damage is done. Serious liver damage can be very subtle, but the effects are devastating.
Asking those around you about your alcohol usage can be enlightening, especially those who don’t drink. It could be you have a drinking problem and never really noticed. If you find yourself having multiple drinks at either the start or end of the day, you could be addicted.
It’s best to speak to a professional if you think you have a problem. It may require a stint in alcohol rehab if you truly have developed an addiction.
You get out of your body what you put in. If you’re not feeding yourself correctly, you are going to get poor results. Weight is not entirely indicative of a poor diet. It is possible to eat badly and still be slim.
In fact, excessive slimness may point to not consuming enough food. Three meals a day is the ideal. Breakfast and lunch should be your heaviest meals whereas dinner should be comparatively light.
As for what you put into your body, stick to whole and natural foods whenever possible. There is room in a healthy diet for treats and junk food, but it has to be kept to a very occasional minimum.
Cut the excess from your life. Exercise and consume water regularly too, and you’ll find yourself feeling and looking healthier in no time.