27 December 2007

Exercise is Better Way to Boost your Metabolism than Smoking

Exercise is Better Way to Boost your Metabolism than SmokingCigarette smoking forces the heart to beat faster. The smoker's heart may beat up to 20 times more per minute, when a cigarette is inhaled. Smokers should know that the most common cause of smoking-related death is extra stress on the heart by smoking. A smoking habit of 20 cigarettes a day puts the same amount of stress on the heart as 90 pounds of extra weight would.

When smoker stops smoking, heart rate slows down somewhat, causing metabolism to drop slightly. Even with retarded metabolism, which is the signal to a slight weight gain, smoker can take steps to build metabolic rate back up in ways that benefit health rather than destroy it, as smoking does. If weight gain due to quitting smoking is something you fear or is a reality you are struggling with, use exercise to boost metabolism and minimize weight gain.

Exercise burns calories and boosts metabolism for up to 24 hours after working out. Nicotine use triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Exercise also releases this same brain chemical, but in a healthy way that allows us to enjoy the pleasant effects of dopamine without risking our health to do it. Exercise breaks down fat and releases it into the bloodstream.

Increase your level of daily activity, this will help you keep your weight stable as you recover from nicotine addiction and provide you with other important benefits as well, but be sure to check in with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen, especially if you wasn't active before.

Take five.
The next time you feel tense or have the urge to smoke, head out for a brisk 5-minute walk up the street and back. It works wonders for snapping you out of a bad mood and gets your heart pumping too.

Park at the back of the lot.
Do not patrol the parking lot looking for the space that is closest to the entrance of the building. Head for the back of the lot and take advantage of the opportunity to add a few more steps to your day.

Use the stairs.
Even if you climb the stairs every other time you need to move from one level to another, you are benefiting your health and helping your waistline.

Get your hands dirty.
Otherwise known as gardening, digging in the dirt is good for the spirit. And yes, it burns calories too.

Breathe deep and embrace your yard work.
Everything from mowing the lawn to raking leaves counts as exercise, and potentially a significant amount at that.

Use housework as a tool.
While this may not be the way you'd prefer to get your exercise, housework is a part of daily life for just about all of us. Make the most of yours by doing your household chores at a strong, steady pace. You will burn more calories than you might imagine.

Also, try to schedule time for sports a few times a week as you move through the smoking cessation process. Walking and swimming are two low-impact activities that are good for just about everyone. And remember, be sure to get your doctor's approval before committing to a new exercise routine.

Swimming is a very low impact way to exercise your body and refresh yourself at the same time. If you don't have a local club that offers public swims, check with area hotels. They often allow non-guests to use their pool/exercise facilities for a small fee.

Whether it is in your living room to a piece of favorite music, or a night out at the club with friends, dancing is a fun way to be active. You don't have to be a good dancer to enjoy this form of exercise and burn many calories while you're at it.

A good pair of walking shoes is the only equipment you need to get started with this form of exercise. Walk the neighborhood on sunny days, or, if the weather is bad, walk the circumference of the mall. Or use a treadmill to get your daily steps in indoors.

Bicycling is a wonderful way to work your body while enjoying the benefits of being outdoors. Pack a water bottle and a light snack, and head out on your bike to explore your surroundings.

Strength Training
Especially important for those of us who are getting older, strength training builds muscle mass and slows bone loss while boosting metabolic rate.

Yoga improves balance while strengthening the body. It also benefits mood by helping us let go of stress that we often unconsciously carry along with us day to day. If you have never tried yoga, follow the link below to learn more about it.

Every little bit of movement counts when it comes to fighting quitting smoking weight gain, not to mention general health benefits. Be creative and committed to adding regular exercise into your life, and think of physical activity as an important tool in your quitting smoking toolbox. Use it to boost metabolism, mood, and ultimately, your motivation to successful nicotine addiction quitting and healthy, vivid life.

21 December 2007

Smoke Less to Quit Smoking Easy

Smoke Less to Quit Smoking EasyIn the study, funded by the US National Cancer Institute, 20 healthy adult smokers smoked their usual brand for a week and then followed six weeks of smoking cigarettes with progressively decreased nicotine content. One fourth of the smokers quit smoking completely while the study was in progress. The rest return to their usual commercial cigarette brand, at the end of this period. However, when tested one month later, they were smoking about 40 per cent fewer cigarettes a day, with a comparable reduction in nicotine intake. So, this new research on reduced-nicotine content cigarettes strongly counters the idea that reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes would lead to smoking more cigarettes.

Therefore, tobacco products with the reduction of the nicotine yields make cigarettes less harmful. But other study revealed that low tar, low nicotine cigarettes impair blood flow through the heart as severely as regular cigarettes. Scientists say cigarettes marketed as low-nicotine do not work because they have high nicotine content and are "engineered" - made with highly porous paper and have ventilation holes above the filter - to deliver more nicotine when the smoker takes more frequent and bigger puffs.

There is easy way to reduce smoker's nicotine intake. If you are thinking about quitting smoking, try to smoke smaller quantity of cigarettes until your final one and you will be rewarded for your efforts. This reduction will minimize cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms during smoking cessation process. It is safe to say that smoking cessation process starts, when you initiate changes like decreasing amount of smoked cigarettes in your everyday smoking routine.

19 December 2007

Mind Sync Quit Smoking Audio Technology

Mind Sync Quit Smoking Audio TechnologyRythmic sounds can change the way that we feel. Buddhist monks use drums and chimes to help them maintain deep meditative states. Our brains appear to have four distinct bands of activity:

- Beta - Altertness / focus / clear thinking (13-40 HZ)
- Alpha - Relaxation / visualization / creativity (7-12 HZ)
- Theta - Meditation / intuition / memory (4-7 HZ)
- Delta - Detached awareness / healing / sleep (0-4 HZ)

Each state can be generated by listening to specially designed computer generated audio. 4.5 beats/second tends for example to generate theta brain waves. Our minds appear to automatically synchronise with the audio signal remarkably easily. The direct suggestions within the hypnotherapy audio greatly increase the relaxation effect of the underlying Mind Sync audio. There has been considerable research into these effects and these approaches should not be viewed as being in any sense esoteric.

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10 December 2007

Save your Legs, Lungs and Entire Life

Save your Legs, Lungs and Entire LifeSmoking is deadly addiction. Cigarette smoking is a proven reason of extremely unpleasant health conditions and the most well known are heart attack, lung cancer, and emphysema. But smokers should know that heavy smoking causes reduced blood supply to the leg muscles and as a result leg pains and increased risk of clots in legs. Clots are able to travel to the lung and create blockages - or pulmonary embolisms - that stop the supply of oxygen to the heart.

Smoking is a major risk factor for peripheral vascular disease. This disease is a narrowing of blood vessels that carry blood to the leg and arm muscles. This can lead to such severe narrowing that the limb becomes starved of blood and is damaged severely, sometimes requiring amputation. So, if you are smoker, set your quit day, ask for your friends and family support, and save your money, limbs, lungs and entire life!

08 December 2007

Easy to Understand, But Hard to Use

Easy to Understand, But Hard to Use
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

Do you want to know a little secret that will help you to quit? Of course, you do. However, you already know it. To quit smoking successfully you should want to quit smoking more than to keep smoking. If you think that you sincerely want to quit, but are not able to, you are mistaken, truly!

If you try to list your reasons to quit smoking, it will be obvious health reasons probably. Of course, you, like most people don't want to get lung cancer, a heart attack or a stroke, and like the idea to live long enough to see your grandchildren grow up. These reasons are good reasons to quit smoking, certainly, but they will not help you quit smoking, just because they deal with probable variants of your future, not your present-day life.

Sure, you might get lung cancer, you might have a heart attack or a stroke, you might die young and miss out on seeing your grandchildren grow up, but you might not! You are not likely to break a strong nicotine addiction based on what might happen. Your mind will work hard to assure you that it will not happen to you!

So, you should list more reasons that important for you right now. For instance, you can list health problems that you are already experiencing. Your list should indicate things in your life that you are truly unhappy about and are strongly motivated to change. In order to stop your nicotine addiction, you need new thoughts and desires as weapons to be stronger than your cravings to smoke!

04 December 2007

The Best Ways to Stay Smoke-Free Throughout Holiday

The Best Ways to Stay Smoke-Free Throughout HolidaySmoking cessation challenge turn out to be even more complicated during the holiday season. It is a demanding time of year for most people, but there are many ways to reduce stress and relax. Use this information to stay smoke-free throughout holiday.

Do you know that sex is a great stress-relieving practice? The various benefits of sex work very well on the way to reducing stress. Unfortunately, most people have less sex than they should have with their high stress levels.

Cravings to smoke seem to be stronger when you are tired or did not have enough sleep last night. Get enough sleep at night, and take a power nap during the day to be able to manage cravings and reduce stress.

Diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and protein complex carbohydrates is great fuel for your body. One of the main ingredients of healthy diet is water. Avoid too much caffeine to stay awake. Enough water and balanced diet will make you feel better in general, which will help you manage holiday stress more easily.

Exercise provides a distraction from stressful situations, giving your mood a natural boost. When the urge to smoke strikes, take a quick walk and you will come back refreshed and relaxed. Another easy way to reduce stress is deep breathing. Breathe in through your nose for a count of three and exhale through your mouth for a count of three. Repeat this for a while, and stress level will lessen.

Make a list of things you would like to accomplish and prioritize them. Sometimes less is more! Enlist the help of others to complete holiday tasks. Involve family members and friends; they are usually happy to help if asked. Decide what things must be done, and what things could be let go if need be.

Take a few minutes to connect with someone you care about. Your spirits will be lifted, and chances are you will lift theirs too. Spend some time reflecting on all of the things in your life that you are grateful for. It is a simple, yet powerful way to pull out of a slump and renew yourself. Keep your focus and meet the challenges that come along with confidence. You can do this, and you will thank yourself when the holidays are behind you and you are still smoke-free.