“Everyone knows that healthy lifestyle habits are major factors that protect you from heart disease,” lead investigator Dr Haitham Ahmed (Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD) told heartwire . “What we don’t know is which habits are most important and how exactly these habits prevent disease progression along the causal biological pathway over years and years. This is the first study to look at biological progression every step of the way in a single longitudinal fashion.”…Of the behaviors investigated, however, smoking was the most devastating. “In fact, if you exercised, ate healthily, and maintained normal weight, but smoked, you still were worse off than people who did nothing else right but stayed away from cigarettes…You can’t pick your family history or change your age, but you can start exercising today, and you can start changing your diet today,…”
We are animals of habit which means we easily get used to patterns. These involve behaviour patterns but also emotional and mental patterns. We get used to react emotionally in a certain way, according to the thoughts we have about a certain situation. Those thoughts are supported by core beliefs about us and about the world around us. We find changing all these patterns very difficult. But it is not impossible; if we really want to change and we are convinced that such change will be of benefit to us, then hypnotherapy may be of help. Clinical hypnotherapy offers the instruction of mental exercises through which we can rehearse new desired behaviours in a methodical way. The use of a method will keep us focused and busy, will help us deal with the emotional side of change and will help us choose what thoughts, emotions and behaviours we prefer instead of the current ones.
- Physical inactivity, poor diet and smoking linked to disability in older population (eurekalert.org)
- Heart attack survivors risking lives by continuing unhealthy lifestyles: study (abc.net.au)
- Lack of exercise and poor diet increases risk of disability, says new research (walesonline.co.uk)