This is a post that I feel answers questions that a lot of people ask me, or try and ask in a round about way in the gym and even family members at gatherings etc. So, I figured I’d add everything into a post for you all to read through.

Even when you are trying your best to be healthy, there are some things out there that could be stopping you from being at your absolute best. Some of them may surprise you, and some of them may just have slipped your mind. Either way, you’ll want to cut back, or even quit these things (if possible) if you want to be at your most healthy and be able to perform at your utmost in any events you may have entered.

There are things that you already know are bad for you, like being overweight or obese is bad for you. You also already know that smoking is bad for you. But what else are you doing, or exposed to, that is ruining your health? Here’s five things for you to consider…

Alcohol

Alcohol, even in small amounts, goes through your liver and always leaves damage behind. While that damage may not do too much for you if you aren’t drinking a lot, it can still mess your system up in ways you don’t realise. If you drink a lot, but only sometimes, you are causing more problems as well. You don’t have to be a heavy and steady drinker.

A casual drink once in awhile is fine, and some people even believe a glass of red wine with dinner can be a heart-healthy choice. However, that remains to be seen… Next up we’ve got one of the most obvious ones.

Second Hand Smoke

While you may not be a smoker, if you spend time around one you are still getting the negative effects of the cigarette smoke. This is bad and can lead to cancer, COPD, and a wide variety of other health issues. Convince your partner to quit smoking, or spend less time around people that do.

Watching Television

Not only does watching television kind of promote laziness, but it also puts you at risk of dying sooner. Studies have been done lately to prove that sitting for too long can be even worse than smoking.

Instead of sitting in front of the television, get a hobby that gets you up on your feet, or make plans to go on a daily walk. Also, running is a great way to get fit, lose weight and keep active. There are a number of different couch to 5k running programmes that you can get yourself started on.

Your Job

For some people, it may seem like your job is bad for your health just because you have to go to it. But that’s not what this is about. Factory workers often breathe in toxic air on a daily basis, which can be worse for them than smoking.

If you work around things like paint, cleansers, or even if you work at a farm, you are being exposed to toxins daily. Maybe it’s time to consider a new career path? Think about what transferrable skills you may have that could suit you in another job role.

Stress

Work can be stressful to anyone, no matter what they do for a living. Stress can cause havoc on your whole system. It can cause moodiness, sleeplessness, and more.

If you are continually stressed at your job, find some things to do when you aren’t at work that are calming. You may also want to consider a weekly massage. The main way stress can kill is by raising your blood pressure, so see your doctor too!

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