TORONTO – A new study says smoking, alcohol, poor diet, lack of physical activity and stress finds are costing Ontarians more than seven years of their lives (Huffington Post, April 2, 2012).
People nowadays do not take their health seriously, more importantly; do not take seriously the consequences of bad habits. Smoking! This habit is so vastly expanding; even children are smoking these days. You walk down the street and you see children smoking in a group, children of about 12 years. What is happening to this world? The consequences are there, there is awareness about them, yet no one takes them seriously. Cigarette packs show picture of dark lungs, and a heart that is dark, yet no one budges.
I won’t even start on alcohol; all that Canadians seem to be doing for fun is drink. Alcohol is present in get-togethers, in family occasions, in parties, everywhere. No limits! These teenagers and young adults are drinking day in day out, without caring of what it may do to their lungs.
Another essential issue is poor diet, which many of us do not hold to heart. Fast food is everywhere these days and no one cares or questions what is inside the food they are being served. I can show many documents defining how nasty certain foods are, yet in North America, fast food is so widely abused.
Physical activities and stress I believe intertwine. Many people get lazy and do not take the initiative to become active, knowing that physical activity keeps someone alive and healthier. This, in turn, associated with stress as physical health relieves stress. It is true that many of us cannot control stress, because it is in our work, in our school, in our lives in general, however the way you deal with stress is of big importance. Some deal by reliving the harmful cycle, i.e. through smoking, drinking, eating bad, and more negative coping mechanisms.
I write this blog, not to simply repeat what you already know, but to stress on you to take control of your life by diminishing the negative habits and initiating new positive habits that will benefit you and your health. Keep you living longer, and happier.
INSPIRE YOURSELF, TAKE CONTROL!
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