Lifestyle is all about the day to day choices we make: sports and exercise, work, food, looks, leisure time. It is a key factor for our health and according to Dr. Tim Armstrong from the World Health Organization, lifestyle-related diseases such as cancer and diabetes account for 35 million deaths each year (60% of all deaths).
What is an Unhealthy Lifestyle?
Physical inactivity, junk foods/fast foods, smoking, alcohol consumption and drug addiction are all related to an unhealthy lifestyle. Besides these, the major evolution of social media and jobs in the IT sector are putting people in more trouble. There are too many psychological and emotional stressors for all of us.
Impact of Modern Lifestyle on Health and Well-being
Unhealthy habits are associated with metabolic diseases, joint aches, skeletal problems, heart problems, hypertension, overweight and many more. Nutrition, lifestyle and health are closely related, so it is really up to us to maintain our body in great condition.
Let’s take a look at some points which many people are affected by:
Body Mass Index (BMI): High amount of junk food, carbonated drinks and poor diet cause obesity. You can learn more from your BMI. It is calculated from a formula that takes your weight and height into consideration and determines if you’re underweight, overweight or obese.
Unwillingness to Exercise: Exercise prevents insomnia, obesity, heart problems, diabetes… the list goes on. Exercise is also a stress buster. But because of our busy schedules, we often skip our workout routines.
Sleep: Proper sleep is the utmost basis for a healthier and happier life. Under-eye circles, stress, depression and weight gain all happen because of improper sleep. Using your computer and mobile up to midnight affects your sleep pattern and usually leads to insomnia and disturbed sleep. The addiction to mobile phones can result in depression.
Sexual behavior: Unhealthy choices may increase the risk of sexual dysfunction and sexual inactivity which can wreck your personal life.
Addictions: People get so busy and stressed out that they often turn to drugs, smoking and/or alcohol just to get away from their jam-packed schedule.
Medicines: Most people use medicines without a prescription – they just tell the pharmacist what the problem is and ask for something to ease the pain. This is considered a particularly dangerous unhealthy choice! It is always better to consult a doctor.
Physical inactivity: Letting the hours and days pass by and doing nothing is the worst and a leading cause of disease and disability. Some people call physical inactivity “the biggest public health problem of the 21st century”.
As the saying goes, “health is wealth”. We should all try and improve ourselves so we can be healthier and happier.