Now that we’re about two weeks into 2016, it’s time to start getting serious about dropping old, unhealthy habits and replace them with new healthy ones. Whether it’s because you just haven’t had the time or you’re concerned about blowing your monthly budget, bad habits can be turned around in the span of a few months. The first step is recognition, and we’ve put together a list of 15 unhealthy habits to break in 2016. As the saying goes, old habits die hard, so let’s get started!
Smoking – One the most unhealthy habits to quit immediately. You don’t want to walk around smiling like an ashtray, right? Not to mention the health risks. Lungs – you need those guys.
Dining Out – Get to know your kitchen. Cooking can be a tedious task, no doubt, but it will certainly save you a little money and calories. After a while, it may become something you enjoy. Surrender to the apron.
Too Much Dumb Box – We all have our guilty indulgences in rotation on the boob tube but make sure you turn it off from time to time. Read a book instead. We get it, sometimes it has to be done – but there is nothing more unfortunate than voluntary consumption of garbage.
Bad Snack Choices – You know when you’re at work and a co-workers offers to grab you something on their lunch run and you’re not even hungry but a dollar burger sounds nice? Don’t do it. You know you bought that apple with good intentions – eat it with an angry face.
Nail Biting – Sometimes our nerves get the best of us and we get to gnawing at the nails and peeling away cuticles to point we draw a little blood and it somehow sickly satisfies the impulse to indulge in an internal meltdown. Ugh! Enough of that. There’s an easy fix. Keep your nails manicured and it will make you think twice the next time you participate in hurting yourself.
Too Many Sugary Drinks – Water should always be your go-to beverage. Let’s face it, we’re not kids anymore and that 20 something metabolism demanded a divorce and left us hanging. Sodas, sweet teas and flavored juices are so packed with sugar you might as well eat an apple pie … by yourself … in one sitting. Keep water on you at all times and if you need flavor that bad – put some lemon in it.
Not Enough Sleep – Sleep is vital to your health – mentally, physically and spiritually. Without it, you just won’t function properly. It can leave one cranky, depressed, unhappy – all things morose and it’s just not healthy. Your body needs rest to restore and refuel itself and if you don’t hit the off switch for a reasonable amount of time, you leave yourself susceptible to illness. Rest yourself.
Not Enough Exercise – Listen, ladies: that body that you picture in your head is totally attainable. All you have to do is work for it. Think about it – five days a week you get up early and drag yourself to a job that, more than likely, makes a small group of people rich. That’s the definition of the verb: to work. And, it’s not an option. So why is working on yourself optional?