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10 Toxic Habits of Unhealthy People

10 Toxic Habits of Unhealthy People

Unhealthy people have toxic habits that keep them unhealthy. Avoid these 10 toxic habits to ensure that you are living life to your full potential.

1. Always Assume the Worst

Unhealthy people always assume that the worst. They assume no one will like them, that they’ll always mess up, and that they’ll never be successful in their efforts. They predict others have evil intentions and they always predict the worst possible scenarios will come true.

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2. Possess an External Locus of Control

People with an external locus of control think that everything that happens to them is fate. They believe they just have bad luck and that they have no control over what happens to them in life. As a result, they take little responsibility for what happens in their lives and blame everyone else for their misfortune.

3. Believe in the Latest Health Fads

Toxic people tend to jump on board with the latest health fads without conducting any research on their own. If someone makes a claim a that a new product can offer miraculous results, they’ll buy it. They aren’t able to critically analyze whether or not a product is likely to produce the results that are claimed.

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4. Look for the Easy Way Out

They want quick and fast solutions. They expect immediate results and don’t believe that hard work will get them to where they want to be. Instead, they expect that if something is going to change, it should happen now.

5. Don’t Set Goals for Themselves

Toxic people don’t create goals for themselves. They don’t work toward reaching anything in life. Often, they can say that they want things to be better but they don’t try to establish strategies to help improve their situation.

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6. Feel Jealous of Others Success

They tend to feel jealous when other people are successful. They often feel angered by people who are more attractive, earn more money, or have a better life. They don’t stop to look at the hard work a person has put in to gain that success, but instead believe that it isn’t fair that the same success hasn’t come their way.

7. Blame Their Health on Genetics

They don’t tend to take responsibility for their health. Instead, they blame their weight or illness on genetics. They think that if they had a mother with diabetes, they’re doomed to have it to. Instead of recognizing their genes may help them identify risk factors, they just presume that their genes make their health problems inevitable and they make no attempts to remedy the situation.

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8. Don’t Listen to Knowledgeable Experts

Toxic people tend to dismiss the advice they receive from knowledgeable experts. They don’t listen to doctors, dentists, therapists, or financial counselors. They write these people off as “stupid” and tend to want to dispute any advice that encourages them to take responsibility for their own behavior.

9. Avoid Creative Problem-Solving

Unhealthy people tend to think there is just one way to solve a problem. If that solution doesn’t work, they don’t try to resolve the problem in another way. As a result, they often remain stuck because they can’t get around a problem by using creativity. Almost any problem has multiple solutions and a little creativity can go a long way to finding solutions but toxic people prefer to avoid attempting to resolve them.

10. Gossip About Everyone and Everything 

Instead of focusing on how to improve their lives, they focus on judging everyone else. They revel in other people’s problems and mistakes and announce their business to the world. They spread rumors and take great joy in gossiping about others. Instead of trying to improve their own lives, they spend their time talking about what others should be doing differently.

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Amy Morin

A psychotherapist, psychology instructor, keynote speaker, and the author of the bestselling book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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