What is smoking? It is an addictive habit. Once one starts, the urge becomes persistent that one cannot do without it. It is both physically and psychologically addictive. Why did I choose to stop smoking? It was a hard decision to make but I had to quit all the same. I was invited to a seminar by a friend. The theme of the talk was “Stop smoking and elongate life” The picture displayed on the seminar wall chilled me. Why was the theme chosen? Because research shows that: “From the moment smoke reaches your lungs, your heart is forced to work harder.
It beats an extra 10 to 25 times per minute, or as many as 36,000 additional times per day; each year about 170,000 heart attacks are caused by smoking;if you are smoking and you have a heart attack, you have only a fifty-fifty chance of survival;blood pressure increases by 10 to 15 percent every time you light up, putting additional stress on your heart and blood vessels; The carbon monoxide passes immediately into your blood when you breathe in cigarette smoke, binding to the oxygen receptor sites and expelling the oxygen molecules from your red blood cells.
Smoking constricts the blood vessels in your skin, decreasing the delivery of life-giving oxygen to the largest organ in your body” (http://www. stop-smoking-tips. com/health-effects-of-smoking. html). During this lecture, I asked myself, “What are the benefits of smoking to my life? The cons supersedes the pros. The only advantage I get from smoking is having the company of my peers and feeling high at the expense of my health. Why risk my life?
What is in a lifestyle that it cannot be reversed or substituted. I saw my self to be worthless. We were told to do a deep breath test, and to my surprise, I could not hold my breath for even two seconds, my lungs were a total mess. The presenter told us it was not too late to change. Exercising was the first step to take. Start with light exercises like walking uphill for at least 10 minutes to relieve stress when the urge to smoke crops up. Will power was all that was required. Be willing to stop.
One could start by reducing the number of cigarettes stick in take per day and with time gradually the urge will subside and eventually disappear; use of nicotine patches was also encouraged. When one feels like smoking, take one patch instead of the cigarette stick; change daily routine. If used to smoke after breakfast, just for go it and one finds out that it is something you can live without; Once you make a date to quit, stick to it. After the lecture I made a vow to stop smoking and embark on a training session. I vowed to join a local gymnasium.
First of all, I was to see my doctor for a check up to see the extend of damage the smoke I had inhaled in had caused to my health and to be advised on which type of exercises to perform because I did not want to start with vigorous exercises which might do more harm than good. Smoking had already caused me my love life due to bad breath and stopping was not hard to me. My love life will be a driving force and I know am going to be loyal to my exercise schedules and my life will be elongated.
Stop Smoking tips. http://www. stop-smoking-tips. com/health-effects-of-smoking. html. Retrieved on May 20 2008.