Health habits to break

By HSC Staff Writer • Published: January 7th, 2009
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

It’s that time of year again… when we make New Year’s resolutions, only to forget about them within a few short weeks.

This year, consider breaking these seven health habits. St. Louis University researchers say doing so just might help you to make… and keep… your resolutions.

The first bad habit? Forgetting to relax. Too much stress takes a toll on your body and can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure.

Number two is eating on the go. You might not have enough time to sit down for a healthy lunch, but a balanced meal of carbs, protein, fruits and veggies will help you stay sharp throughout the day. Frozen meals and fast food are a no-no.

Third on the list is trading sleep for work. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep, so aim to get that each night.

Number four is not making enough time for exercise. Hitting the gym regularly has been shown to fight anxiety and depression.

The fifth bad habit? Going to work even when you’re sick. You need rest to get better, and nobody else wants your germs!

Sixth is drinking too much. It’s true that consuming alcohol in moderation can be healthy, but heavy drinking has the opposite effect.

And finally, number seven is skipping annual medical checkups. These checkups are important to detect early problems and prevent others from developing. So as you ring in the New Year, plan to get to the doctor.