Introduction

In this day and age, with all the supportive research, it truly is baffling how individuals still choose to smoke. Special emphasis has to fall on the word ‘choose’. Smoking is not compulsory, no one is forcing anyone to undertake this act, yet millions and millions of individuals on a daily basis select this option time after time.

Even with the change in advertising laws and numerous campaigns designed to truly shock people seems to have little overall effect. All this aside; the relationship that baffles me the most is that of an individual who smokes on a regular basis, yet also attends the gym just as frequently to undertake cardiovascular exercise. Contradiction is an understatement! You simply couldn’t find two activities further apart; one potentially enhancing your quality of life and allowing you to lead a healthier lifestyle and the other condemning you to a death sentence. It really is that black and white.

If you were looking to put two activities at opposite ends of a spectrum then training for a particular sport or activity and smoking would definitely be a worthwhile contender. Here at FitnessBeans we understand that leading a continual lifestyle free from all sins is somewhat of an unattainable ask and each and every one of us has our own pitfalls; whether it is alcohol, fast foods or chocolate! But when such a sin has the potential to bring about life changing effects on yourself, your body and your family then it’s time to sit up and take note.

It’s for this reason and this reason alone that we’re bringing to your attention Stoptober, a new campaign to help individuals stop smoking. So how does it work? As the name aptly suggests, during the month of October, a special push is made to get people to stop smoking for 28 days. Thousands of individuals across the UK have signed up for it, so if you’re reading this and still smoking then why not do the same?

Giving Up For 28 Days

Research suggests that individuals who stop smoking for 28 days or more are more likely to kick the habit completely. Now we all know that individuals who attend the gym love a challenge so here at FitnessBeans we’re laying down the gauntlet to all those smokers out there; we challenge you to successfully take part in Stoptober! What have you got to lose?

Challenge accepted? Don’t worry you won’t be alone. Through this campaign there’s plenty of free help and support to get you through this challenging time. Just remember, at the end of those 28 days you’ll be 5 times more likely to stop altogether! Now surely that’s worth doing. Why not visit the website www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober and register today. From smart phone apps to starter packs and motivational texts, this site has everything you need to get you started and make a positive change in your life.

Final Word

For all of you smokers out there, here are just a handful of the major effects of smoking to get you thinking:

  • Carbon monoxide, contained within the smoke from a cigarette, reduces the amount of oxygen that can be absorbed into the blood and transported to the active muscles.
  • The act of inhaling smoke has an immediate and direct impact on the respiratory system, increasing the resistance offered by the airways and reducing the flow of oxygen.
  • Smoking causes an increment of both your resting and active heart rate for any given exercise, as increased demands are placed on the heart to deliver sufficient oxygen.

Sign up for Stoptober today!