Some lifestyle changes can improve health, prevent premature death and even prolong life in a better person.
The problem is that people let themselves go, chain bad behaviors, vowing to quit smoking or drinking soon until a health problem strikes and it is too late to turn the tide.
Assessing your lifestyle and how it affects your health is a wise precaution.
And changing lifestyles after the disease can also improve health—like quitting smoking and getting more exercise after a heart attack.
How to assess lifestyle health risks
Scientific studies show that a few simple lifestyle habits can directly improve health and reduce the risk of disease.
Many of the disabilities and premature deaths today result from heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, suicide and involuntary injury.
More than half of premature deaths are attributed to unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, insufficient exercise, excessive alcohol consumption and a fat-laden diet.
The risk of illness can be reduced by not smoking, moderating alcohol, balancing diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a reasonable weight, and preferring regular sleep.
The effect is cumulative: the higher the number of good habits, the greater the chances of better health and longer life.
To assess your lifestyle, ask yourself some key questions about your daily activities.
Analyze your diet, your smoking, your alcohol consumption.
See what could improve your health or what damages it.
Here are a few things to quickly analyze:
- Substance abuse
- Health maintenance
- Preventive activities
- Social and intimate relationships
- Mental and emotional well-being
Find out more about:
- Activities to be preferred to maintain for health
- Factors that could threaten health
- Areas of risk requiring action to prevent disease
In the end, you will identify behaviours that are harmful to health.
Even if it’s not that simple, while you are thinking about living a healthy life – don’t smoke, don’t drink, opt for a vegetarian diet and exercise three times a week – it’s still possible to suffer emotional problems from poor social relationships or devouring perfectionism.
Just as a man who does not smoke, drinks little alcohol, has an exciting job and a balanced life can still endanger his health by being overweight, suffering from early diabetes, high blood pressure and a potential heart problem.
What about the teen lifestyle?
The lifestyle of teenagers and students is particularly alarming.
A recent study found that seven out of 10 young people are particularly concerned about nutrition when the other half seem concerned about physical inactivity.
The results of the study show the health problems of youth related to:
Adolescents eating habits can put their health at risk.
Many suffer from poor diet, irregular eating habits and eating disorders that stem from the desire to conform to the idealization of society’s thinness.
Adolescents have poor eating practices due to:
- excessive concern about physical appearance
- an obsession with thinness
- eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia
Some lifestyle habits can improve health:
– Not smoking
– Maintaining a healthy weight (avoiding obesity)
– Ensure a good diet
– Exercise regularly and sufficiently (at least 30 minutes three times three
times a week)
– Enough sleep (7-8 hours)
– Moderate alcohol use
– Avoiding recreational drugs
– Medical follow-up
– Fostering family, Work and Relationships
– Learning to cope with Excessive Stress
– Giving Yourself Enough Recreation and Relaxation
– Follow Therapy for Psychological Problems
Lifestyle changes occur in five stages
Step 1: Pre-contemplation – the health risk is often refuted or trivialized.
Step 2: Contemplation – admitting a health risk and thinking about change… “one day”
Step 3: Preparing – motivating yourself, being ready to change “soon” by planning how and what to do, while setting a date.
Step 4: Action – active steps to change behaviour – for example, quitting smoking, drinking less, walking more – establish a specific schedule and specific goals.
Step 5: Maintenance – Long-term changes made and maintained.
Asking can make a difference.
Studies show that people wait for doctors to give health advice or information.
Depending on the opportunity, many confide their problems such as nutrition, obesity, alcohol, drugs, family conflicts, sexual problems and chronic pain, but are often reluctant to do so.
Feel free to take the step. With your doctor’s wise advice and your desire to change your life, you could transform your life for the better.