A Healthier You this New Year : Break these 7 Bad Habits

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Another year has passed by as you were still figuring out how to achieve your health goals and stick your new year resolution. So this year, let’s not make big plans or go for high-end resolutions (that you just think about and not act on) but make simple changes in our routine to become a healthier version of yourself! Instead of adding new goals this year, let’s break up with all the bad habits that we all are aware of. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Time To Break These 7 Bad Habits This Year!

While you all are busy in welcoming the New Year and planning your new year celebrations, here are the 7 habits that you NEED to quit now for a healthier you!

1. Not Getting Enough Exercise

Exercising regularly can help you lose weight and boost your energy and may help you live longer! Additionally, exercise keeps your heart healthy; lowers your risk of chronic diseases and helps with blood sugar control. Moreover, it can provide you the much needed break from your routine work and peace of mind.

How to break this habit?

Take out 20-30 minutes daily for a moderate-intensity physical activity. You can try simple exercises like morning stretches, yoga,  brisk walking, running, jogging, climbing up and down the stairs. The idea is to ditch that couch and stay active to add years to your life.

2. Skipping Breakfast

Skipping the first meal of the day can have serious consequences on your weight, your energy levels, and even your blood sugar. Eating breakfast will result in more stable blood sugar, which means fewer food cravings and hunger pangs later in the day. Moreover, it can also keep you off from overindulging during your meals. 

How to break this habit?

If regular breakfast options bore you, have something different like a bowl of soup, fresh juice or cut fruit. You may do all the preparations for your breakfast the night before, so that it takes less time to cook and eat in the morning. If you are in a rush, make a quick  breakfast sandwich or have a piece of fruit, and milk on your way to work. Remember the old saying –“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” Here are  6 Healthy Indian Breakfast items you can give a try!

3. Not Drinking Enough Water

This is one of the most common health blunders we commit. Staying hydrated helps keep your memory sharp, your mood stable and your motivation intact. It also allows your muscles and joints to work better and also improves the functioning of your digestive system. Also, drinking water can help in getting clear and glowing skin as it flushes out harmful toxins from your body.  

How to break this habit?

We need around 2-3 liters of fluids in a day. If you find the idea of drinking water too boring, add sliced lime, fresh mint leaves and a dash of honey to your water bottle and keep sipping through the day. Other healthy options include green tea, buttermilk (chaach), or coconut water. Say no to carbonated drinks/soft drinks, packaged fruit juices or energy drinks to quench your thirst.

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4. Eating Lunch at Your Desk

Do you know that people who have their lunch away from their desks feel more satisfied, eat less quantity of food and feel less tempted to binge mid afternoon? Moreover, if you have a desk job, then sitting at a single place for hours, including your lunch hours, can significantly affect your health. So get up from your desk and head towards your canteen during lunch hours.

How to break this habit?

Make your lunch break look like one! At lunch time, ditch your desk, go to your nearby café or any other area of your workplace, and enjoy your meal over light hearted conversations with your friends.

5. Eating Too Fast

Eating at lightning speed due to work pressure or lack of time can adversely affect your digestive system and your overall health. It takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send out signals of fullness. So dumping everything in front of you in your stomach because you have to attend meetings or go out is not the ideal way to eat.

How to break this habit?

You should take at least 20 minutes to finish each meal. Chew your food thoroughly. The better you chew, the better your system can process the food you’ve ingested. Avoid distractions like checking your phone or watching TV.  After each bite, place your fork/spoon back on the plate. By doing so after every bite, you will be forced to slow down automatically. 

6.Using Headphones for Long Hours

Overuse of headphones can impair hearing. Repeated exposure to noises above 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. (Normal conversation happens at about 65 decibels). Listening to music at maximum volume (105 decibels) for more than 4 minutes can result in impaired hearing. Here’s more on health hazards of technology overuse.

How to break this habit?

Try other healthier hobbies, like reading a book, solving puzzles or other memory enhancing games. If you do need to use the headphones, buy good quality headphones and keep the volume down. If you listen to music while commuting, get noise cancelling headphones. 

7. Not Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation can lead to higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Moreover, lack of sleep can lead to mood swings which in turn can not only affect your mental well being but also impact you on the professional front. You may feel lethargic, drowsy and lack of energy due to sleep deprivation which can affect your productivity.

How to break this habit?

Try and sleep in complete darkness. Do not work on your laptops in bed and avoid texting and watching TV in bed. Leave your bed and take a walk if you are unable to get sleep. Do not have caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks around bedtime. Make sure you spend 15-30 minutes in the morning  as it helps in regulating your sleep/wake cycle.

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This New Year kindly do yourself a favor by taking a pledge to quit some bad habits that are silently harming your health to live a healthy and happy life. Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!

(The article is reviewed by Dr. Swati Mishra, Medical Editor)

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