Do you smoke? If not, do you know someone personally who smokes? We all know smoking is bad for your health, but what are the dangers? Most people who smoke tend to get shortness of breath pretty quickly. For most people who smoke, it's pretty difficult to quit, and even harder if you've been doing it for many years. Whenever I ask someone who quit smoking, how did they stop? They always tend to say something like "I just stopped, or I didn't need it anymore" Almost as if their need for nicotine vanish into thin air?
It seems like there could be some psychological factor that comes into play. Can you quit smoking just like that? Or did something happen to these people that they didn't realize? One of my elderly clients who I worked with for a short time mention her quitting just from a friend coming over one day and saying to her, "IT SMELLS IN HERE." Now I don't know if that got her upset or motivated, but after that comment, she stopped.
A friend of mine named Vince, who runs a pizza shop that I go to pretty often said one day he just got a strong urge to stop. The thing about Vince is that he's been working out for a good few years now and hits the gym a few times a week. He mainly lifts weight and does some cardio.
There's been some hype around acupuncture to help people quit smoking. If you are not familiar with this type of treatment, acupuncture involves the insertion of skinny needles through your skin at strategic points on your body, according to https://health.clevelandclinic.org/want-to-quit-smoking-acupuncture-can-help-you-with-cravings/. Acupuncture is a great and natural way to quit smoking and with no side effects. Now acupuncture can be expensive, and there's no guarantee that you'll stop, but there are many success stories that lead people to believe it works
In which way people quit smoking, I like to believe that everyone is different, and not just one method will work for everyone. This addiction is not something to take lightly. It takes time to get out of this habit for some. As humans, when developing our habits, it's changeling to stop. Imagine you've been doing something for 3, 5, or 10 years, it's become second nature to us.
Many like myself may believe that fitness is a great way to quit smoking. I firmly believe engaging in physical activity is an excellent start to giving up cigarettes. Working out can be very motivating for many people and push them in the right direction. There's something about not being able to breathe well while exercising that gets to some people. Sometimes it's the smell that they know their loves ones dislike like my client Laura than I mentioned earlier.
If you are a smoker and you're reading this, I want to encourage you never to stop trying. There's no time table on when you're supposed to stop, and you might even come across friends, family, or someone you know who's quitting with minimal struggle. You probably ask yourself, "why is it so hard for me"? While I can't answer that and I will say I don't know what it's like, I do know how it feels to want something so much and don't know how to go about it.
Now you might be reading this saying Chris, that's not the same thing it's different or yes Chris, I agree. Regardless of your answer, everyone faces their life battles differently. Some are bigger than others based on who's judging and who's going through it. We all find our hardships with many factors in life, and some come easy while others don't. I believe that for the ones that come harder, it just means that we have to work harder to overcome it, and that's whether you smoke, drink, have poor relationships with your parents or want a better life. Work has to be done to get better.
Before we begin did you know smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK according to https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/lifestyle/what-are-the-health-risks-of-smoking/
Every year around 78,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with much more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses. Now we'll take this time to get into the dangers of smoking. For my readers who smoke and are not currently trying to stop, maybe this will get the ball rolling.
In conclusion, I know many people want to stop smoking but find it difficult. This article wasn't intended to make you feel bad for being a smoker but to give you some insight that you probably didn't have. I like to think smokers don't want to hear this, but it's information on the direction your health is heading. As I said earlier, hopefully, this article can help you, or you help someone else who smokes get the ball rolling. One thing that every successful person has in common is "STARTING," so don't worry about messing up. Start, and if you already tried that, tried again but with a different approach. Before I go, please keep this in mind, there's someone out there in this world going through the same struggles as you or worse, and they found a way, you just haven't met them or came across their method yet.
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Christopher Gilbert is a Personal Trainer based in New York City and is known for his effective nutrition and workout programs along with his intense training sessions.