One of the best and fastest ways to make changes to a lifestyle that has been hindered by the habit of smoking is to begin a fitness program.
It will offer a lot of help for the person quitting smoking. Exercise helps to reduce stress and stress is a major trigger for smoking with many people. It will also help to maintain a healthy bodyweight and this can be a concern for people who are prone to gain weight once they stop smoking as nicotine helps to keep weight down. Statistics have shown that those people who are participating in some form of exercise program have a greater chance of success when quitting smoking.
How do you break a habit?
The first step is to accept that you have a habit and then look at the reasons why you have that habit.
If you know the reasons you can then think of better ways to deal with those reasons. The reason why you started smoking might not be the reason why you continue to smoke so you will need to look at your current situation and look at the things that make you want to smoke. Large portions of the people who take up smoking do so to be accepted by others. After smoking for some time on a regular basis and with the added evil of the addictive nature of nicotine the original reason might have little bearing on the reason why you continue to smoke.
It might be that you now find some comfort in having a smoke or it makes you feel great when you have a smoke. The next time you pick up a cigarette to smoke think about the things that made you want to light up.
Quitting smoking is just like anything else that you would like to succeed at in life. You need a plan to follow and you need to do some planning beforehand to ensure than you can manage and succeed with the plan.
This involves making the process of not having a smoke easier to follow.
Obviously one of the first steps that you will need to take is to remove all possibilities of having access to cigarettes from the day you start your program.
You need to get rid of all the cigarettes you have in your possession. Many people like to retain one pack of cigarettes as something to fall back on ‘just in case they need one’ but this is setting yourself up for failure before you start. There needs to be no thoughts in your mind that you will even need another cigarette.