Bad Habits That Can Help Your Health

Find out which of your habits might actually be helping you stay healthy!

Bad Habits That Can Help Your Health

Sometimes it can feel like all habits are unhealthy just by virtue of being habits. But some of those habits are actually helping to boost your health. Find out which habits are helping to keep your body healthy.

Drinking Coffee

That first morning cup of coffee might seem like a necessary evil to drag your brain out of dreamland, but coffee brings with it a wide variety of compounds that can be good for your health. Studies have indicated that drinking coffee might lower your risk of heart disease and overall risk of death. The key is not to have too much. Try to keep your consumption to one to two cups per day, which strikes a good balance between health and not becoming too dependent on the effects of caffeine.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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