There are many things in life that make us smile. We all have those little guilty pleasures. Some of us get the most pleasure from foods like chips or chocolates. Others enjoy a well-earned cigarette break. We know we shouldn’t indulge as they are bad for our health, but they just take the edge off a bad day. The trouble is, even when we’re not having a bad day, we find we are still indulging ourselves, and that is when it becomes a bad habit.
Of all the bad habits to pick up, smoking may be one of the worst, especially if you are trying to lose weight and improve your fitness. The chemicals in cigarettes are not only carcinogenic in the long term but can inhibit your breathing straight away. This means you cannot improve your fitness or reach the levels your body is capable of. You know you need to quit, but even cutting down is hard, because you enjoy smoking.
There are ways to continue enjoying the habit without doing quite as much damage to your body. This will allow you to continue your fitness programme and start to see more and more results. For many people, the patches and gum don’t achieve a good result because they don’t address the habit of smoking. The part of smoking most of us enjoy is the inhalation and the ability to have something to hold between our fingers. It can certainly help to keep in mind all the other things in life that bring you happiness, and try to focus on those while you quit.
E-cigarettes address both of these parts of smoking. Vaping liquids also give you the option of changing flavors as often as you like too. You don’t have to have a cigarette taste if you don’t want it. There are dozens of different flavors like fruits and vanillas. It means you can gradually wean yourself away from cigarettes by starting with the flavor. Then you can cut down on the addictive nicotine. Eventually, you may stop smoking altogether. This approach can be very successful, especially for those who have tried other ways to quit.
Quitting smoking isn’t fun, and it is unpleasant because you really crave everything about the cigarettes when you know you are not supposed to be having them. Take time out to see all the different options available to you. If nothing else appeals, then vaping may be just the thing you need to get you started with stopping. If you want to quit, then set yourself some goals and see what you can achieve. They can be as long-term as you like, just as long as you start.
The effects of giving up the cigarettes will be apparent in just a few short hours. You may cough a little more at first. Once your lungs have shifted the last of all that nasty cigarette smoke, you will find you can breathe more deeply, and your stamina will suddenly improve. The oxygen around your body can flow better so you should be able to do more physically than you have done before. You will also find that your sense of taste becomes more heightened, allowing you to enjoy different foods again.