5 Benefits of Quitting Smoking
There are many benefits to quitting smoking. The obvious ones are financial and health related. We’re reported some interesting stats before on how your body adapts to cutting out cigarettes, including your blood pressure & heart rate both dropping within 20 minutes of quitting, your lung function increasing within three months of quitting and your risk of heart disease dropping after a year of having quit.
Whilst these are all obvious benefits, there are many more benefits to quitting smoking, such as you’ll no longer miss out on things because you’re having to remove yourself from a group to go outside and smoke, you’ll be able to work out for longer and food will taste and smell better than ever before. Here’s what we mean…
Not missing out on goings-on
There’s nothing more isolating than being one of the only smokers in a group of friends, having to go outside for a cigarette by yourself, only to go back indoors and regroup to find out that you missed out on something hilarious that happened whilst you were gone. But quit smoking and you’ll no longer be the one that missed out – you’ll be a part of those hilarious moments and no longer have to hear about it second hand.
Also, you won’t have to stand outside in the rain… BONUS!
You may not have thought that quitting smoking can improve your productivity at work, but it can. Think about it; you’re less likely to get ill by ditching the cigarettes, meaning you’ll take less sick days out of the office, but you’ll also not be popping outside for a smoke break a few times a day. Your boss will definitely appreciate the extra work that you’re doing.
Enhanced taste buds
Smoking dulls your taste buds, taking a lot of flavour out of the foods that you eat. Within a day or two of quitting, you’ll find that your taste buds begin to increase already, with many of your favourite foods taking on a whole new level of taste and experience. It’s the same with the sense of smell. Just be careful; with your sense of smell also increasing you’ll be more likely to smell when others are smoking – don’t be lured in by the smell. Keep strong and remember why you decided to quit in the first place.
Your overall fitness will improve
Smoking affects your cardiovascular and respiratory systems, limiting your ability to exercise and increasing your heart rate when you do work out. Smokers will be find that they get out of breath quicker and find their bodies ache more than they would if they didn’t smoke. Within the first few months of quitting you’ll find that you can work out for longer, you’ll be coughing and wheezing less and the aches and pains won’t come on as quickly as they would if you were still smoking. Reports also suggest that working out is a great way to deal with the cravings when you’re quitting, so it’s a win-win all around.
You won’t have to carry ID with you everywhere
Many of us have our IDs on us at all times; it’s in our purse and/or wallet, more out of habit than anything else. But there’s nothing worse than popping to the shops to grab a packet of cigarettes and being asked for ID, only to find you’ve left it on the coffee table at home and the shop keeper doesn’t believe that you’re 30 years old! Usually it’s flattering to be asked for ID when you’re of legal age to smoke, but when you don’t have ID and all you want is a cigarette, this is only going to infuriate you! Quit smoking and you’ll have to go through this predicament again. You’ll need to remember your ID when purchasing alcohol though.
These may all seem like small benefits, but any benefit is a good thing – and I bet you’re reading through this and thinking “oh my God, yes!
Found in Health Awareness