Being unhealthy can affect so many areas of your life that you may not have even thought about. Be honest, are you as healthy as can be? We’re all guilty of doing things that are categorically unhealthy. Whether it’s eating too much fast food or never exercising, there are loads of things we do that we really should avoid.
The problem is, we don’t care about being unhealthy. But, we need to start caring. To help encourage you to change your life and commit to a healthier lifestyle, here are 5 weird things to think about:
#1: Being unhealthy is expensive
There’s a myth going around that living a healthy lifestyle costs more money than being unhealthy. People will say that junk food tends to be cheaper than fresh, healthy food, but this is not the full truth. A recent study calculated the amount spent when following healthy diet guidelines focused on fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, and oils which cost a family of four about $600 a fortnight.
“This compared with about $720 a fortnight for an average household’s current diet which included a high proportion of junk food and alcohol,” according to the Herald Sun. Put simply, eating healthy food is more affordable than filling up on unhealthy food that’s bad for you in the long run.
#2: Being unhealthy could give you a long-term disease
According to Livestrong, there are a host of diseases that can arise from unhealthy eating habits, including:
- Coronary heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
Not to mention the other health concerns you might develop too. Things like heart failure, depression and sleep apnea are all linked to unhealthy lifestyles. Consider the fact that with any of these health concerns, you’re likely to end up needing some medical treatment. As a result, if you don’t have health insurance, you could be thousands of dollars out of pocket, depending on which country you’re in. Become healthier, and you could save a lot of money throughout your lifetime.
#3: Being unhealthy might shorten your lifespan
This isn’t just an opinion, it’s a cold hard fact that healthy people live longer than those that can’t quit their bad habits. One recent study showed that unhealthy life choices could knock off as much as 23 years from the average lifespan. “People who develop largely preventable conditions like heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes are cutting their life short by decades,” the study showed. “It is estimated that around 80% of cases could be prevented by keeping weight under control, exercising more, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking or drinking too much.”
Health issues won’t just cost you lots of money, they’ll cost you valuable time too. The more issues you have, like the ones, talked about above, the lower your life expectancy drops. Especially if you eat terribly and don’t exercise.
#4: Being unhealthy might make you miserable
Most people don’t want to commit to a healthy lifestyle as they think it restricts them and will be a lot of effort. The thought of eating healthily doesn’t make a lot of people very happy. But, on the contrary, a healthy lifestyle can make you happier. You just feel healthier, and your body responds so positively to all the nutrients and exercise. You might even find yourself depressed due to your poor eating habits, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Nagging pains you had for years will start to fade away as you become more active and treat your body right. Your skin could clear up and become much healthier as the result of eating good foods. Every morning you’ll wake up with more energy as you’re active and eat foods designed to provide you with energy. In short, you become a lot happier with yourself and life in general – there’s nothing weird about that.
#5: Being unhealthy might affect your sleep
I have written before about healthy eating habits and how eating moderate meals will give you better sleep and help you to wake up fresh and eat a healthy breakfast. This can be a bit of a vicious cycle – poor eating leads to poor sleeping patterns which in turn cause you to make bad food choices. It’s no way to live.
It may sound a bit weird but lack of sleep, has an effect on your brain according to new research from the University of Chicago The study found that people who suffered from continuous poor sleep “ate an average of 300-plus calories more per day than those who slept well.” Get proper rest and this will help your body recover, repair and make better food choices – then in turn, sleep better.
Being unhealthy is just a habit that can be changed
You see, being healthy is a fantastic choice. In fact, it’s a choice everyone should make before it’s too late. Go on, throw away your bad habits and start living a healthier life today. There’s no better time than now to bite the bullet and tackle these weird reasons you’re holding yourself back.