Many non-smokers think that staying away from cigarettes is enough to lead a healthy life, but they ignore other unhealthy habits that they make every day. The difference is in the “mechanism” of the long-term impact on the body and the organism. Here are some habits that are equally harmful as smoking.


Sitting All Day

Many of us sit all day because of our work, and there are people who spend their free time in front of the TV or computer. Sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even depression. Studies show that prolonged sitting increases the risk of premature death. If you realize that you spend most of the day sitting, try getting up periodically, even to get a glass of water or stretch your legs during the lunch break.


Drinking Soft Drinks

Drinking Soft Drinks

Regular consumption of sugary beverages increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, even if you are not overweight. Additional doses of sugar can lead to diabetes, mental disorders, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. If you want to have a juice, choose a freshly squeezed juice and artificial sweetener.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Not Getting Enough Sleep

People are very busy, and they often put sleep behind work and socializing. Lack of sleep leads to obesity and elevated blood pressure. Due to a chronic lack of sleep, our body secretes cortisol more than usual, and a large amount of this hormone leads to a risk of a heart attack or stroke. Try to sleep one hour longer than you do now, or, if you can, have a 20-minute nap during the day.

Using Sunbeds


You already know that sunbeds increase the risk of skin cancer. People under 30 that use sunbeds are 75% more at risk of developing melanoma, and more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer are directly related to the use of sunbeds.

Eating Meat

Nutritionists have come to the conclusion that people whose diets are high in animal protein, are four times more likely to die from cancer than people who have a daily intake of food that is of plant origin. You can choose one day of the week when you eat meat.