Many of us just want to live a long and healthy life, and we try to engage in good habits to help us achieve this. However, we may unknowingly be participating in activities that might shorten our lifespans — turns out, there's a number of unexpected things that might take years off your life. Most of us know that sitting too long, eating unhealthy food, and drinking and smoking can increase our risk of disease, but there are plenty of other seemingly innocent habits that can play a role in our longevity as well.
"Your habits and self-discipline are everything when it comes to longevity," dermatologist Dr. Anna Guanche tells Bustle. "People who have discipline, exercise, eat in moderation, wear sunscreen, go to the doctor, don't smoke or drink excessively, have a consistent sleep-wake cycle, avoid high-risk behaviors, follow the advice of their doctor and take medicines regularly, take vitamins, drink plenty of water, avoid excessive salt intake, manage stress and on and on seem to do much better and age more slowly."
It sounds like a lot, but if you want to try to extend your life, you can start by cutting out habits that have the opposite effect — and they're not always obvious. Here are seven unexpected things that might take years off of your life, according to experts.