To quit smoking is one of the biggest challenges to human willpower. Like any other addiction, the quitting smoking will cause actual physical and mental counter reactions to the body. There are a lot of methods that will help you quit smoking. These include nicotine patches, hypnosis and prescription medication etc. However little do we know that there every single day we can fight against this addiction without the use of and medication. Dr. Arun Kumar, Fitness Head, Snap Fitness India takes the initiative to provide 20 easy ways to quit smoking for men.
Make a plan
To successfully detach from smoking, you need to identify and address your smoking habits, the true nature of your dependency, and the techniques that work for you. Take the time to think of what kind of smoker you are, which moments of your life call for a cigarette, and why. This will help you to identify which tips, techniques or therapies may be most beneficial for you.
Exercise/workout to beat cravings
Physical activity can reduce nicotine cravings and ease some withdrawal symptoms. When you want to reach for a cigarette, put on your running shoes instead, or just run on the spot. Even mild exercise is helpful, such as walking the dog or weeding the garden. The extra calories you burn will also ward off weight gain as you stop smoking.
Bet with a friend
You can even place a bet with a friend and set a date to quit smoking by a particular deadline. Let the friend serve as your support system to take you through it.
Avoid alcohol and fizzy drinks
Alcohol is one of the most common triggers, so try to drink less when you first give up. Fizzy drinks, cola, tea and coffee all make cigarettes taste better. So when you’re out, drink more water and juice. Some men find that simply changing their drink affects their need to reach for a cigarette.
One reason people smoke is that the nicotine helps them relax. Once you give up, you’ll need another way to cope with stress. Try getting regular massages, listening to relaxing music or learning yoga or tai chi. If possible, avoid stressful situations during the first few weeks after you stop smoking.
Baking soda cocktail
Baking soda increases the pH in urine, which will slow the elimination of the nicotine already existent in the body. This results in less craving for nicotine. Consume a half teaspoon of baking soda three times daily. Another way to use baking soda to break the habit of smoking is to take two tablespoons of it, mixing it with a glass of water, and drinking this mixture after every meal.
Fruits and vegetables
Milk, Celery, Carrot, Fruits and vegetables when taken before smoking, develops a bitter after taste compelling the smoker to extinguish the cigarette half way through because of the horrendous taste it leaves in the mouth.