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Stretching and Exercising will Help you Forget Cigarettes

A healthy mind in a healthy body. That is a great saying, and a great ideal to shoot for. And believe me, stopping smoking cigarettes is a fantastic and major step to take into making this a reality. I do about 7 hours of strenuous physical activity a week, martial arts in my case. I can tell you from personal experience that two days after quitting smoking cigarettes, exercises that were killers before, when I was a smoker, had become merely gruelling, and the annoying stuff became pleasant! My point is not that you should take up martial arts – although everyone should – but that you will see great physical changes in your body and the way your react to exercise almost immediately after stopping smoking cigarettes.

It is important to take care of your body, but it is equally crucial to do so in a way that will clear your mind of those nasty tobacco cravings. Now the recipe I give you here is not foolproof, but it certainly helped me through the rough patches.

Stretch. Stretch your legs, your arms, your shoulders, your hips, rotate you knees and don’t neglect your elbows, the usual forgotten of the stretching routine. Take your time and go slowly, paying complete and utter attention to what your body is telling you. The goal here is to focus your mind on your body, not to hurt it and prevent you from stretching again.

Getting your body limber, if not in actual shape, will help you greatly on the road to stay tobacco free. After being atrophied by cigarette smoke for so long, every inch of your body will appreciate being allowed to stretch, in a manner that is respectful to your current limits. Although you may not be able to do a complete split on day one, or touch your toes with your fingers, you will appreciate the fact that being agile and limber will take the years of you like a rejuvenating potion!

Smoking Symptoms: Coughing and Sore Throat

Coughing is usually an involuntary response to a toxin in your body. Coughing is a signal from your body that a foreign body or toxic element is entering. Coughs and sore throats are traditionally associated with an illness. However, all smokers are familiar with that pesky ‘smokers cough’’. I remember before I quit I had had a persistent cough for months if not years. At the time, I was smoking more than a pack a day and thought nothing of it. My cough even kept me awake at night, but nope this was still not enough to make me quit.

I experienced cold symptoms for about 6 months out of the year. Each year from October to March I would feel terrible. Originally, I thought that I was actually just unable to kick a persistent cold. But, each year of my smoking life was the same. Always sick. It was only when I quit that I was able to see what normal felt like.

It often felt like I was losing my voice. Living with a smokers cough is not a pleasant way to live. And, obviously when you are coughing all the time, your throat gets irritated. But, I always had the solution for a sore and it wasn’t bed rest or cough syrup. I’ll just smoke menthol cigarettes. I’m not kidding. My throat was raw from too many cigarettes. I would cough and wheeze and my solution was to smoke menthol cigarettes. What a crazy dependence. I must have been mad.

Smoking a cigarette on a summer day, you hear the ocean rolling in the background, you hear the birds chirping, and it is absolutely peaceful. Then you hear your neighbour coughing over and over again finally to cough up some brownish looking clump. Wow, what a disappointment.

Smoking is not natural; coughing is your body’s way of telling you that it wants to reject the substance from your body. Why not listen next time and put out that cigarette?

Smoking Causes Incurable Diseases

There are always many reasons that people invoke when they decide to quit smoking. Very often, the specific reasons to stop smoking revolve around two points: that smoking is expensive and for most people a financial black hole, and that smoking is terrible for your health, and could leave a smoker with life-threatening diseases and incurable maladies.

There are of course as many reasons to quit smoking as there are smokers determined to kick the nicotine habit, but these two reasons seem to be more prevalent than all others. Of course, the fact that smoking cigarettes is very expensive is often a determining factor in one’s decision to quit, but in most cases it is not the most important.

Despite the tobacco companies’ best efforts over the years, it is now apparent, and in many places officially recognized, that smoking cigarettes is clearly and directly linked with a number of terrible pulmonary and coronary diseases, all of which there are no cure from.

Cigarettes smokers are therefore at a very increased risk of developing lung cancer, and those that avoid that may very well develop emphysema, chronic bronchitis and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

Moreover, cigarettes smokers are at much greater risk of Arteriosclerosis, Hypertension and strokes. Indeed, cigarette smoke hardens the arteries and will cause an increase in the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases in smokers.

The health risks associated with smoking cigarettes is the reason most often given by smokers who have decided to take a positive step forward and become non-smokers. The odds of a smoker getting one of these deadly diseases are more than statistical: 50% of life-long smokers will die from their habit, in one form or another. Quitting smoking sooner rather than later will lessen the chances you have to be afflicted by one of these conditions.