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Reasons to Quit Smoking

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Smoking is one of the leading causes in preventable diseases and deaths, though nearly 480,000 deaths occur every year every year (equivalent to 1 in every 5 deaths.) It is estimated that nearly 40 million adults in the United States alone currently smoke cigarettes though. The reasons to quit smoking are endless; immediate results include whiter teeth, lower blood pressure, and everyday activities become much easier (such as climbing stairs.) However, the long term effects are reasons enough to quit.

One reason to quit is that smoking is expensive. Multiply the amount you spend for cigarettes a day by 365. That is how much you spend for cigarettes a year. Multiply that by the amount of years you’ve been smoking, and that’s the amount you’ve spent so far on smoking. After several years of smoking, you have to add the medical costs to this. You’d be surprised at how expensive it will become.

The health benefits of quitting smoking are far greater than any risks from the emotional or psychological problems that may follow quitting. You have people you can turn to in times of need, and they’ll always be happy to help.

  • Smoking shortens a person’s life by nearly 12 years.
  • Smoking accounts for about 30% of all cancer deaths in the United States
    • Smoking is a risk factor in cancers of the mouth, voice box, throat, kidney, liver, and many more
  • Smoking leads to COPD, which makes it hard for the person to breath, even at rest. In later stages, the person may gasp for breath, feeling as though they are drowning.
  • Smoking also causes premature skin aging, decrease of sense of smell and taste, lower bone density, frequent headaches, and many more.

The reasons to quit smoking are endless; but the major reason is your loved ones. You need to set an example for your friends and family. Most smokers say they don’t want their children to smoke, though children of smokers are more likely to smoke. Loved ones want to see you in a better condition, and they’d be happy to help you on you journey.


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Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet

Eating a little good fat (like the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado and nuts) with your vegetables d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqappears to help your body absorb protective phytochemicals, like lycopene from tomatoes and lutein from dark green vegetables.

So  grab some of these healthy fats, add greens and tomatoes to enjoy a nice change.  You should never get bored with salads either because there are so many options and recipes out there as well!

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Why Sunscreen in Cool Weather?

Even in the winter months it is important to use sunscreen. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) you are at risk for sun damage. The sun reflection off the snow and water can nearly double the amount of UV rays.
Here are some guidelines from the EPA:skiing
An easy way to tell how much UV exposure you are getting is to look for your shadow:
• If your shadow is taller than you are (in the early morning and late afternoon), your UV exposure is likely to be low.
• If your shadow is shorter than you are (around midday), you are being exposed to high levels of UV radiation. Seek shade and protect your skin and eyes.The EPA recommends always wearing SPF of 30 or more and applying liberally.

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Looking to get in shape? Swimming may be the answer!

A pool might not be the first place you think of going when you’re looking to shape up and slim down—but perhaps it should be. No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body (without putting stress on your joints) better than a swimming workout.swimming

These are a few workouts if you’re interested in using the pool to get some exercise:

Breaststroke: Sweep through. Reach your arms overhead, palms together. Rotating your palms outward, pull down until your hands are nearly level with your chin. Bring your hands inward by your chest, then reach again. Whip it. Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your butt. Turn your toes outward and kick your legs back and together (like a frog) as you extend your arms forward.

Backstroke: Eyes up. Look straight up at the sky or ceiling—not at your toes, which causes your hips to sink—so your head is in line with your spine. Make a Y. Reach back with each arm at a 45-degree angle to your body; it places less stress on your shoulders and makes your stroke stronger.

Freestyle is also fan favorite because it’s easy to learn and it burns major calories, as do all these exercises.The swimming pool is a great place to burn calories and build muscle. If you’re a generally adventurous person, swim workouts can also be very helpful should you ever be in a situation where they can be applied to safety.


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Weekend Workout- No equipment required

Weekend Workout- No equipment required
Warm up by walking or jogging 5 minutes. Be sure to stretch after warmup and after workout.
You can do it!!!

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-6 times.jackie13
1. Jumping jacks
2. Plank hold
3. Walking lunges
4. Pushups
5. Squats
6. Tricep dips
7. Burpees
8. 30 second rest


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Weekend Work out – No equipment required

fb6.23Weekend Work out – No equipment required

Warm up for 5 minutes (exp. -walk, jog, march in place)

Squats 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Mountain Climbers 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Reverse lunges right leg 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Reverse lunges left leg 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Bicycle (abdominal) crunches- 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Pushups 45 seconds, 15 second rest

Repeat 4- 6 times

Stretch!   Great job!!

Do not begin any exercise program with out consulting your doctor


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Laughter is the best medicine! Here’s why…

We all like to laugh because it is a source of happiness. But have you ever thought about the health benefits that could come from it? That’s right, laughter truly is the best medicine! Here are just a few reasons why laughter is so good for you:
• Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving yolaughterur muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
• Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
• Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
• Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.