3 Major Reasons to Quit Smoking.

All of us know smoking is very bad for our health. There are over 10 million households globally that have at least one smoker, making this bad habit more intrusive and dangerous to others than most. Inhaling smoke directly or even second hand smoke can both be ways you can do serious harm to your body. An estimated 450,000 Americans lose their lives each year to smoking related diseases. On top of that another 3,000 adult Americans die every year due to second hand smoke related sickness. Here are some benefits from quitting smoking that you can be sure are well worth the effort it takes to quit! A recent study has shown cigarettes to contain over 4,800 chemicals, and 69 of those are known to cause cancer. Living a healthy lifestyle, including being active and exercising, eating healthy, and taking care of your body can all be for nothing if you continue smoking.

Ask yourself when you go to light up that next cigarette…what exactly is this going to do to benefit me? You will realize that smoking offers not one advantage for you that you could not get somewhere else and be healthier because of it.

1. Saving Money. With the average pack of cigarettes being upward of $6.00 a pack across all 50 states it is safe to say that smoking can be an expensive habit. Some states such as MA have extremely high tobacco taxes, creating costs upwards of $10.00 and $11.00 per pack. Figure in that the average smoker smokes a pack a day and you are spending over $4,015.00 a year in the higher tax states on cigarettes; and you are spending a minimum of $2,190.00 in the absolute cheapest taxed states. Nobody can argue that less money is better than more. Given the sad state of the global economy, saving money in any way possible has become more important than ever before. Put some bucks back in your bank and get healthier for it! Quitting smoking puts money in your pocket and air in your lungs!.

2. Living Longer. There is little argument that living longer is a bad thing. Across the globe nations are practicing new medicinal techniques every day to prolong life. Cigarettes are, bluntly put a life decreasing addiction. For every cigarette you smoke it has been proven that you are decreasing your life by 5 seconds. Add up all those cigarettes per year and do some math and you will be alarmed. Not only will you live healthier while you are alive and feel better about yourself with more energy to boot, but quitting smoking will, simply put, make you live longer.

3. Look and Feel Better. Smoking has many drawbacks, this is indisputable. For many though the fact of not being able to visually see the impact creates less of a sense of urgency to quit than if the impact was directly in your face. Heart risk and heart attacks should be enough to deter you but what about those wrinkles that are starting to line up on your face? Smoking not only causes wrinkles but leads to overall premature aging. Who wants to age faster and look like it? Your teeth are another very visual part of your body that greatly suffers from smoking. Brown or white teeth? Fresh or bad breath? It’s safe to say smoking will not help get you a date.

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Food for Upgraded Thinking.

Have you been feeling moody lately, or perhaps not feeling yourself? Feeling overwhelmed, drained of energy, and lethargic? Not living a life that promotes wellness and healthiness can lead to an overall cloudy and neglected state of mind. In this article you will find the easiest way to getting yourself back on track and in a place mentally that you want to be at. Going through life can be extremely enjoyable, happy, and almost addictive if in the right frame of mind…or very depressing depending on your moods, self esteem, and wellness.

Simple things such as diet and daily activities promote a healthy state of mind, and this is where you should begin when starting to clear your frame of mind and develop one that you live happily from. A diet and eating properly can definitely affect the way you feel and is where you should start your journey to a better frame of mind. For instance, sugar fluctuations and blood sugar fluctuations can directly impact mood swings, crying and even sudden irritability. Maintaining an eye on your sweets is always a good idea to avoid that “sugar crash” and the potential side effects from it. On the other hand however eating some things can promote amazing feelings. Chocolate for example, even though containing sugar, has been proven to stimulate the release of endorphins and can be considered almost euphoric to some, creating a sense of well being, calmness, and tranquility. The brain itself which is considered finicky when it comes to what it takes from us nutritionally, is particularly interested in fruits, vegetables, and grains for the glucose it desires to function at its top level.

The USDA suggests you get these required amounts of veggies, fruits, and cereals and grains in your daily diet. Daily food serving sizes should be listed on the food packages themselves and used along with the USDA guidelines to create a balanced diet for yourself.

ŸVegetable Group – 3-5 Serving a Day Depending On Age and Weight.

ŸFruit Group – 2-4 Servings a Day Depending On Age and Weight.

ŸBread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group – 6-11 Servings a Day Depending On Age and Weight.

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3 Free Ways to Stay in Shape!

Here are some simple, yet effective ways to get that healthier you that you have been searching for! Deciding to exercise, eat correctly, and live a healthy lifestyle are all decisions we make for ourselves and nobody can help us. Living a longer and happier life is something I think everyone can agree is worth a little effort. Below you will find three, free and simple ways to stay in shape.

1. Yard Work or House Cleaning. This may not sound enjoyable and may seem more of a chore at first, but getting your daily exercise in while also making your home a better place to live is a great way to multitask! Get outside in your yard and do some of those renovations or simple things that have been needed, you’ll love the fresh air and your body and house will thank you later. Yard work can be considered for example raking leaves, and is considered a moderate physical activity. An average 140 pound person can expect to burn around 250 calories an hour raking leaves, and doing yard work.

2. Try Some Old Proven Simple Exercises. Remember those things you used to do in gym class called jumping jacks, pushups and pull ups? These exercises that you used to frown at everyday are what kept you in shape while you were younger and most likely more active. Nowadays you can utilize these machine-free, easy-to-do exercises at your home and appreciate the benefits they provide. I know it has probably been a while but you can still benefit greatly from these easy to do exercises and they are highly recommended. Try doing 10 pushups 3 times within 10 minutes for the first attempt at the exercise. See where you end up as far as completion and adjust your routine accordingly for what best suites your abilities. For jumping jacks you can do 3 sets of 30 within 5 minutes and you will, from there be able to tell if you should add some more to your routine or maybe lighten up a bit. Pull ups should only be attempted with the proper bar, and in this case unless you have something you can guarantee safe do not attempt this at your home. These are some starting points that you can use to get yourself in a routine and understand how many of each exercise your body can handle and benefit from.

3. Wash Your Vehicles. Get out the bucket and sponge and get busy! This can burn 300 calories an hour for a 150 pound person! This is another activity you may consider a chore at first, but build it in to your weekly routine and not only do you get a cleaner ride, but you get a healthier you! Make sure you’re washing by hand to gain the full benefits of this. While you’re at it, you can always vacuum too. If you’re a boat owner you also can catch some rays while doing this and really take the “chore” out of it!

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