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Top 5 Harmful Habits For Your Heart

Each one of us has a bad habit or two. They can be as simple as being untidy or dangerous as texting while driving. Here, we would like to highlight the top 5 harmful habits for your precious heart and what to do to break out of them:

Harmful Habit #1: Smoking

Yes, this bad habit will definitely appear as top of the list. The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood cells and damage the function of your heart. Quitting smoking is the biggest gift of health you can give yourself and those around you. A good way to start: Make a verbal commitment to your spouse and strive to keep your promise each day. Start now!

Harmful Habit #2: Inactivity

Sitting for hours on end increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Any amount of activity is better than none; at least 30 minutes a day is best. The next time you are watching tv for an extended amout of time, incorporate simple physical tasks: 

a) Squats, lunges or planks during commercial breaks.

b) Walk in place for the entire duration during a half hour or hour long show. 

c) Do a push-up challenge.

Harmful Habit #3: Overeating (and other poor eating habits)

“Jom makan!” is a popular greeting in Malaysia. Yes, it may literally be an invitation to eat, but you can choose to  healthier options and not over-indulge. Avoid oversize portions, fatty foods and sugary drinks (which are typical in our local diet). Make it a habit to order “kurang manis” for your drinks and escape the “tambah nasi” trap!

Harmful Habit #4: Excessive alcohol consumption

Yes, studies do suggest a small amount of alcohol may be good for your heart. But, too much is detrimental. Excess alcohol is linked to a greater risk of high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats, and heart failure. In addition, the extra calories can lead to weight gain, a threat to heart health. Look at the following image for a general guideline: