A habit that often begins socially, involving alcohol but then develops into a long-term habit that becomes increasingly more difficult to give up. Yes, just like any other habit, the longer you do it, the more difficult it becomes to stop. Not only that, overtime, the more addicted you become, the more you start to smoke, so the greater the impact on your health.
We give ourselves a whole bunch of reasons to continue to smoke such as, ‘well, if I stop smoking then I’ll start eating more and gain weight’, ‘works stressing me out so cigarettes keep me sane’ or ‘I’ve done it for so long now there’s no point in quitting’. These are excuses I’ve heard over and over again and they are literally that, EXCUSES. I know this, because I personally used to smoke and I used to say, ‘I’m not giving up because I enjoy it’. Enjoy what exactly? I was lying to myself that it was enjoyable when in reality I couldn’t be bothered to try to quit because it was going to take hard work. Eventually, I made the decision that a) I was seriously damaging my health and b) I was throwing money away. Whilst smoking, I noticed a huge decline in my level of cardiovascular fitness and felt a sharp burning sensation in my lungs during physical activity. That was far from enjoyable!
I often say this about the food we consume and the affect it has on our body but it also relates to smoking. If you had the ability to see yourself from the inside out, would you still be doing what you’re doing now, or would it become more important to make a change?
Below are just some of the physiological effects of smoking;
Lower levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and elevated blood pressure
Increased chance of strokes
Smoking effects insulin levels and can increase the chance of type II diabetes
Suppressing the appetite can lead to malnourishment and poor energy levels
Increased risk of infertility in both males and females.
Smoking dramatically increases the risk of cancer of the throat, larynx, kidneys and pancreas.
Now, you may think that because you’re exercising, it doesn’t matter that you smoke, ‘one cancels the other out.’ Incorrect. Exercise is hard enough as it’s with a healthy set of lungs and a healthy heart, imagine how much harder it’s when your lungs are clogged up of tar. Smoking just about affects every bodily function (not for the better) and you’re doing your body a massive injustice if you continue to do it.
The human body is the most incredible machine that we will ever be in control of, it works day and night tirelessly to ensure that we wake up day after day, it repairs cuts and bruises subconsciously, not only heals broken bones but repairs them stronger. Smoking will wear the body down over time until eventually it’s unable to fight and repair for you. By smoking, not only do we put ourselves at risk, we also endanger the lives of those that we smoke around.
Now, by no means is quitting going to be an easy feat, it’s probably going to require all the willpower you have, but if your reason for quitting is strong enough, you will make it happen. By taking the easy way out and convincing yourself that ‘you can’t do it’ you are seriously undermining your own ability to overcome an obstacle. Understand that it’s going to require hard work and a lot of mental strength but reinforce the idea that you’re going to be rewarded in so many other ways. DO IT FOR YOU!
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