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Published On: Tue, Sep 8th, 2015

Sitting Is The New Smoking, And Other Causes Of Lifestyle Diseases

In case you aren’t sure what a “lifestyle disease” is, here’s a quick lesson. To put it basically, lifestyle diseases are diseases caused by the type of lifestyle you live. These include illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and obesity.

Each of these illnesses can be caused by things like diet, poor habits, and sedentary lifestyle. More people are spending their teaming eating larger portions and spending more time sitting instead of getting up and moving. That makes for a higher risk of contracting lifestyle diseases.

Work Stress

Reports are now showing that a stressful job can be worse for you than secondhand smoke or eating a bad diet. Some stress at work is good for you, it keeps you on your toes and pushing forward to get that raise or promotion.

However, if stress makes you stressed all day everyday, and you find it hard to leave work at work, then you could be raising your risk of heart attack, stroke and more. Take time for a weekly massage, join a yoga class, or pick up meditation as ways to help you relax and forget about work on your private time.

photo/ Michael Jarmoluk via pixabay.com

photo/ Michael Jarmoluk via pixabay.com

Sedentary Lifestyle

If you spend more time sitting than standing each day you’re killing yourself. In fact, not only does a sedentary lifestyle lead to many lifestyle diseases, but it can be worse for your health than being a smoker. Even if you simply add exercise to your sitting lifestyle, you are still at higher risk.

Instead of sitting at work, ask your employer about investing in stand up desks. Take breaks every twenty minutes, in which you get up and walk around the office. Spend only a portion of lunch eating, the rest of it walking. And, of course, don’t go home and sit either!

Bad Habits

Other things that lead to all of those nasty lifestyle diseases include the bad habits you pick up, from overeating to drinking alcohol. If you are a smoker you are increasing your risk of heart disease, but after a few years from quitting your health is almost back to that of when you hadn’t even started smoking yet.

Drugs and alcohol can lead to many illnesses, both lifestyle ones and others. If you have an addiction, whether it’s food, nicotine, drugs or alcohol, you can get help and get healthy. Addictions won’t just go away on their own.

Don’t let a lifestyle disease keep you from having a happy and healthy lifestyle. Get up, get moving, and get clean! By doing this you can start fighting things like heart disease and obesity, even when you’ve already been diagnosed, and avoid them if you haven’t.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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