It is a long white stick. The style of holding it is like a fashion statement. Then you take out this really cool lighter with color changing flames to light this stick. It burns and the first drag through your mouth and into your lungs is a rush. This stick as you may have already guessed is the cigarette. To a lot of people, smoking is a personality statement. To some, it is a stress buster. For the beginners, it is a cool experiment in their journey of life.
Health Effects of Smoking Tobacco
According to the World Health Organization, more than 100 million deaths have been caused by smoking tobacco over the course of the 20th century. People do not realize the damage they do to themselves when they start smoking. Smoking causes health hazards like heart attacks, strokes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) like emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and cancers like lung, mouth, larynx, and pancreas. Smoking also causes a lot of genetic mutation. Pregnant women who smoke can suffer from miscarriages or give birth to babies with genetic abnormalities.
Effects of Smoking during working out
People believe that they can balance out the ill effects of smoking by eating right and working out hard. This is a myth. Smoking reduces stamina and it saps the body’s strength. A smoker cannot regain the body’s healthy state by working out in a gym. It is also a myth that to reduce the rate of damage that smoking causes by building up your upper body through upper body exercises such as pull ups or pushups.
Push ups increase the lung capacity, strengthens rib cages and rib cartilage, and builds up the strength of the upper body. When a person who smokes does this exercise, he is straining his heart and lungs as smoking already strains the cardio pulmonary functioning. This makes the body more prone to heart attacks, strokes, blockage of air etc. Working out creates a good appetite for the body but because of smoking appetite reduces drastically. Working out and smoking at the same time is not good. The body experiences more strain and reaches fatigue faster than usual.
Health Benefits of Smoking Cessation
When a smoker decides to give up smoking, he’s just rescued his own life. His heart rate and blood pressure reduces to normal. Circulation, breathing, sleeping, metabolism etc return to the normal way of functioning. There is more energy in any physical activity that he does. His vision, sense of smell, and taste get back their sensitivity. Continuous coughing and the problem of phlegm disappear. And of course, major diseases like COPD, heart problems, cancer etc do not bother the person again.
Doing the right exercises, by taking the advice of a personal trainer, in the process of smoking cessation is a very good way of regaining the body’s strength. It is a good diversion from smoking. Push ups at this stage helps increase lung capacity, which in turn, circulates more oxygen (rather than carbon monoxide) to all blood vessels and body cells. More oxygen leads to better metabolism. This leads to more stamina. This also leads to a healthy appetite. This helps to reduce the malnourished look a smoker has. Working out and reducing smoking is very good way for a smoker to get healthy again.
It all starts with a habit. Smoking cessation can also be developed as habit .Yes, it is much easier for a person to take up smoking, but smoking cessation is much more rewarding in spite of it being very hard, and sometimes, quite painful. Life should be under the control of the person living it not under a drug. Will power is all you will need to say no to this drug and combat this addiction. It is true that everyone has to die, but why welcome death, in pain and suffering? Die a glorious death knowing you’ve lived a full life and it was in your terms not in the hand of a drug. Drugs ruin not only your life but also everyone around you. Remember this thought before you want to experiment with anything that you know will cause harm.