When it comes to sleep, the sweet spot is seven to nine hours. Sleeping for fewer than than six hours or more than 10 hours each night has been linked to chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, according to a study from the CDC. Another stress to your body is hitting the snooze button. Disrupting your sleep diminishes the benefits of rest, leaving you more tired than if you had gotten up the first time the alarm went off.
2. Throwing back more than two drinks a day
The CDC has reported that men who drink 3-4 alcoholic drinks each day are at a higher risk of developing cancer of the mouth, neck, and throat. They are also twice as likely to develop liver cirrhosis and high blood pressure. Allow yourself at least two alcohol-free days each week. Binge drinking doesn’t only have serious health risks—it can also contribute to weight gain and prevent you from reaching your fitness goals.
3. Smoking Socially
According to a recent study from Australia’s Sax Institute, even light smokers double their risk of early death.
4. Wearing the wrong shoes
A bad pair of shoes doesn’t just lead to foot pain, it can also cause problems throughout your body: “Your feet are the foundation of your body, and if they are not properly supported you can have problems anywhere from the bottom of your feet up through your neck,” explains Jeffery Solomon, D.C., president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries & Physical Fitness. Choose your footwear wisely—if you have a long commute on foot, find a good pair of walking shoes that best mimics barefoot walking, then put your dress shoes on at the office.
5. Not drinking enough water
Water keeps you hydrated, helps transports oxygen through your body, removes waste and toxins, protects your organs—and the list goes on. You always hear the old rule of thumb that you should drink eight glasses of water a day, but it really is true. Staying hydrated throughout the day will help you feel better mentally and physically.