We all make resolutions as that glittery ball falls in Times Square. We vow to eat better, drink less, exercise more - and then we don't follow through. But it turns out there are smaller habits that are easier, and more important, to break. These 7 deadly sins are taking years off our lives and we don't even know it. Make this year the one in which you made 7 small changes that can add a decade (yes, a decade) to your life.
Deadly habit 1: Not Stretching In The Morning
Moving your body and releasing stress first thing is critical to preparing for a day where you are in control of your body.
Replacement: The 7-Minute Stretch
You can come up with your own or try out the routine Dr. Oz does first thing when he gets out of bed. It will center you for the day ahead and help you focus on taking good care of yourself.
Deadly Habit 2: Not Eating Breakfast
If you don't eat right when you wake up, your body senses a famine is coming and slows your metabolism to compensate. Then, when your body is presented food later, it's ravenous and wants to pack it in, leading to bingeing with a slow metabolism - a recipe for weight gain.
Replacement: Have A Small Breakfast Ready To Go
Dr. Oz 's Magical Breakfast Blaster from YOU: On a Diet is a smoothie of blueberries, bananas, psyllium husks, flax, soy protein, and honey. The fiber in the psyllium and flax helps regulate your metabolism throughout the day. Or try peanut butter on whole wheat bread. It doesn't have to be big, just a little metabolic kickstart.
Deadly Habit 3: Running Late
Being perpetually late adds unnecessary stress to your life and takes control away from you, giving it to the people you disappoint and to the clock. That added stress, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation and high blood pressure, which are linked to all kinds of diseases.
Replacement: Set Your Watch 5 Minutes Ahead
It's a simple trick that will help you make appointments, get out of the rush rut, and lower stress.