Unfortunately smokers that give up tend to fall off the wagon when a stressful event returns them to it. Using the right tools, you can give up smoking for good.
It’s no secret that smoking is detrimental to many aspects of good health. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, causes the majority of lung cancer deaths, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, cataracts and other cancers. Quitting is difficult due to the addictive nature of nicotine. The more you have, the more you need to feel its calming effect. The physical act of smoking itself is a habit engrained in smokers lives that helps them when stressed or bored.
Bodybuilding Helps You Quit Smoking
The bodybuilding lifestyle can increase your chances of stopping smoking. Frequent, portion controlled meals, part of the bodybuilder’s diet, help manage cravings. As a bodybuilder, channel your ability to avoid eating the same junk food as your friends when out, to avoid smoking when around smokers. Bodybuilding will help you manage the symptoms of withdrawal, including depression, difficulty in sleeping, crankiness, frustration and anxiety. Feel good endorphins released during training can be used to substitute the effects of smoking. A good quality workout will also help tire you out, and help you deal with frustration and anxiety, especially related to withdrawal. Use your ability to persevere in the gym to persist with your efforts to give up smoking.
Tips to Help You Quit Smoking
Set a quit date, tell friends and family that you intend to quit, anticipate the impending challenges and remove all cigarettes/tobacco from your environment. Consult your doctor for extra advice on giving up smoking. Nicotine gum or patches can also increase your chance of giving up. Seek the advice and support of those who have successfully managed to quit smoking. Socialise with non-smokers to reduce the chance of you having access to a cigarette. For more advice on giving up, contact QUIT on 131 848.
By investing your time and energy in bodybuilding, you wouldn’t want to undo its positive effects on your health and appearance. This gives you good reason to give up smoking. It may not be easy to give up smoking due to the physical and chemical addiction you will face in trying to give up. Surround yourself with non-smokers and those who have successfully given up to help you along the way, as well as qualified professionals. Like a bodybuilder leading up to a competition, you wouldn’t want a food binge to destroy your hard earned condition. Quit smoking and not only will your bodybuilding training and dieting be optimised, and your health will be significantly greater.