My Need For Heart Healthy Changes Essay

866 Words Nov 30th, 2016 4 Pages
My need for heart healthy changes are an apparent. Having members of my family with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease have affected the quality and length of life my relatives have had. I want to change from poor diet, extreme stress, and lack of exercise, so not to tread down the same path my family has. Change is the most rewarding path to take, but also will be very difficult; regardless of the challenges, change must be made for the sake of my future. Before I began this semester in Health 101, I was making very poor health choices. I was smoking cigarettes to curb stress, eating gratuitous amounts of fast food, and suspended my commitment to going to the gym frequently. These changes in my lifestyle brought on excess weight gain, additional stress, and health risks for my future. With the knowledge I have obtained from this course of the many risks this lifestyle will plague onto my life, such as: high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and many cancers, I have chosen to take action to prevent such diseases. My first action was to quit smoking cigarettes and choosing healthy methods of stress management. I quit smoking by the end of August, 2016. Quitting was not as difficult as I thought it would be, possible due to the length of time I was a smoker (3 months) but the issue I had was managing the stress that followed after quitting. I started committing more time to my faith, using free time I would go into the backyard to smoke, as time to…

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