National No Smoking Day – Get fit and quit!

Get fit and quit!

To celebrate National No Smoking Day this month

which is today (12th March 2014),

Expert Panel from SportsShoes

is offering some brilliant advice

on how exercise can help you to kick your smoking habit.

Get fit and quit!

5 ways that exercise will increase your chances of quitting for good

Improve breathing

Acute cigarette cravings often last just five minutes. If you feel like a cigarette, try going for a run for just 20 minutes, by the time you return your craving will have passed.

Smokers often avoid exercise as they become breathless and get cramps. This is because carbon monoxide hinders the amount of oxygen that reaches the heart. You’ll get more enjoyment from physical activity after you quit smoking and, by gradually building up your exercise levels, you will soon improve your lung intake. Set yourself small targets and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’re able to do more, in fact your lung capacity will improve by up to 10% within nine months – you certainly won’t want to ruin your progress by lighting up!

Reduce stress

Many smokers blame their habit on stress but scientific studies show that people’s stress levels are lower after they stop smoking – nicotine addiction actually makes smokers stressed from the ‘withdrawal’ between cigarettes. Physical activity, on the other hand, will improve your state of mind and get the oxygen flowing, which will help you to concentrate better and increase your mental wellbeing. When you are working out, your body will release ‘feel good’ hormones which ease symptoms of depression and fatigue. Key hormones include serotonin, which regulates your mood, dopamine, which helps with concentration and nor epinephrine, which influences performance.

Increase energy

Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your circulation will improve, this will make all physical activity, including walking and running, much easier. Cardio exercise will get your heart pumping which means it won’t have to beat as often to circulate your blood – thus your resting heart rate will become slower, reducing demands on your body and meaning you will have more energy.

Boost immunity

Smoking depresses the body’s immune response so there is less protection from bacterial, viral and fungal infections. A smoker’s body is more toxic too, so the liver is more stressed – making it a target for disease. Quitting smoking will make it easier to fight off colds and flu. Regular exercise will better equip your body to distribute oxygen, as well as encourage efficient functioning of the lymphatic system by stimulating the muscles – this will promote the removal of toxins from your body.

Reduce visceral fat

There is increasing evidence that smoking causes greater accumulation of visceral fat, which surrounds your intestines and liver and is a serious health threat. The more you smoke, the more likely you are to store fat in your abdomen rather than on your hips and thighs. Quitting smoking and upping your aerobic activity and strength training will help you to lose visceral fat and gain muscle mass.

Myth Busters – some people say that quitting smoking makes you put on weight – wrong!

The fear of weight gain can often put smokers off quitting – but this is a poor excuse. You simply need to be aware of the changes that will be happening to your body and manage them accordingly.

Myths include the following:

Smoking keeps your hands and mouth occupied and people who quit replace this habit with food.

Myth buster: this needn’t be the case; it is just replacing habit for habit. Before reaching for food, distract yourself by doing the laundry, phoning a friend or, better still, go for a run. You certainly won’t regret substituting smoking with exercise – when you raise your activity levels, your body will release endorphins and you’ll feel great, which beats the creeping guilt, and sick feeling you get when smoking or binge eating!

Nicotine is an appetite suppressant, so when you quit your portion sizes increase.

Myth buster:  nicotine inhibits insulin and insulin breaks down the sugars in your blood stream. When you smoke, and there is less release of insulin, the sugar stays in your bloodstream and creates a hyperglycaemic condition in the smoker which gives the smoker a “fuller” feeling. This is actually dangerous and is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Nicotine is not a magic calorie burner by any means, exercise, on the other hand, can burn off 200-600 calories an hour as well as suppressing your appetite.

Your metabolism will slow down when you quit smoking, causing you to gain weight.

Myth buster: nicotine does elevate your metabolism; it also triggers a faster heartbeat which increases your chance for heart disease! When you quit you will burn calories at a slightly lower rate but, if you combat this with controlling what you eat and increasing your exercise, you can prevent any weight gain. You are more likely to exercise when you don’t smoke which will lead to long-term weight loss.

Smoking kills your taste buds, so when you quit you eat more.

Myth buster: developing a greater appreciation for the smell and taste of food should be something to embrace; your body is recovering from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes! Actually you may become more sensitive to sugary and salty foods, take the opportunity to avoid sweet foods, introduce new flavours to your diet and sample seasonal fruit and vegetables. See our tips on healthy snacking below.

So, if you are a smoker – do not be afraid – Get fit and quit!

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The following tips were provided by SportShoes and their expert panel.
I received an incentive in the form of a pair of running shoes to help me quit.

Review – multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes

multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes
multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes

So, we are still categorized as smokers. We have had a lot of progress lately but still cigarettes are an inseparable part of our lives. It is not so easy to quit 🙁

I was offered to try multiCIG electronic cigarettes and I gladly said:”yes, please”. I could choose a trial kit or disposables cigarettes. As I have never tried any multiCIG products before I went with the disposable electronic cigarette, as most new clients would do, simply because they are cheaper and I also liked the packaging 🙂 You might laugh a little now that I chose my product based upon its packaging but the multiCIG disposable electronic cigarette comes in a single box, which makes carrying it around so much easier. There are other companies on the market who sell their disposable cigarette stuck to a piece of cardboard so once you open it, you have nowhere to hide it. We all know how tricky lighters can be and how easy they get lost, believe me when it comes to the cigarettes themselves they are even more cunning…

So, my small parcel arrived and in it where two multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes, one in each flavour – golden tobacco and menthol. There is also a third flavour available on their website called classic tobacco. I was trying to find some information about what is the main difference between the classic and the golden tobacco, but I was not able to. They have the same strength, 18mg of nicotine, so maybe the flavour is just a little bit different, I am really not sure.

These multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes are really easy to use. There is no need for charging at all, you just open a packet and off you go… you can smoke away or should I rather say vap away.

Ready to go in no time...
Ready to go in no time…

The multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes cost a reasonable £7.99 each, when you think that they are equivalent to 40 standard cigarettes, so you are already saving money. In addition to the money you also make huge savings in the risk factors against your own health and potentially the health of others around you… the multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes have no ash, tar, smell or smoke, but you still get the satisfaction from the action of smoking and of course your nicotine fix.

The multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes feels surprisingly real in your hand, again being pernickety they are a little bit heavier and a little too fat, but they are close enough to the real thing so as not to be a nuisance… they also work as stated – they give you the satisfaction of smoking without the negative side effects.

The multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes are the entry point in the multiCIG electronic cigarettes range… if you decide that they are for you and you enjoyed the experience, you can use a 50% discount code printed on the back of your cigarette pack to purchase a starter kit.

I know that for most people £69.99 for a starter kit is a lot of money but… you can get 50% off this price and comparing it to the price of cigarette itself – it can be argued it is a real bargain.

I would recommend multiCIG disposable electronic cigarettes if you want to start your journey with electronic cigarettes. They are a cheap way of “testing the water” and making sure that vaping is for you.

I did however found something missing on the multiCIG website – nicotine free cartridges. I was thinking what about all those people who are really determined to quit, including giving up on the nicotine part as well, but maybe would like to keep vaping for old time sake?

Product was provided free of charge (2 packs of disposable cigarettes) for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

I am not really a heavy smoker any more.

I only get through two lighters a day now.

Bill Hicks

WPC Habit

Challenge set by The Daily Post

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Giveaway – 3 x 3 boxes of NicoBloc99

NicoBlocAs you all know we are smokers… still… but working on it. Currently we are using NicoBloc99 to reduce our dependence on nicotine. It is a slow progress but it works. If you missed my review you should check it out for more info 🙂

Anyway back to the point, the lovely people from NicoBloc99 have offered me 9 bottles – yes you are reading it right 9, as in more than 8 and a bit less than 10 – of NicoBloc99 as giveaway prizes to my readers. There will be 3 winners – each winner will receive 3 bottles which is just the right amount to stop you smoking, how handy is that! NicoBloc99 retails at £19.99 per bottle which means each winner receives almost a £60 prize,  not bad; I think you will agree. So if you are planning to quit smoking or know someone who is, this prize might be just perfect for you. You can get your breath back at no extra cost 🙂

The giveaway rules are simple, just how we like them:

Please leave a blog comment – I would like to know if you ever tried to quit smoking; if so did you use any “helping” products, did they work? I’m guessing not as your looking at a new product…

Additional entries:

1. Become a fan of NicoBloc on Facebook then please leave a comment below telling me that you have done so

and  / or
2. Follow NicoBlock_UK on Twitter then please leave a comment below telling me that you have done so

Daily additional daily entry:

Follow me on Twitter and RT competition message, then please leave a comment below telling me that you have done so

Still smoking? Time to quit! @NicoBloc_UK has a solution for smoke free life! Enter at http://barktime.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/giveaway-3-x-3-boxes-of-nicobloc99/ via @AgataPokutycka

Good Luck!

T&C

  1. Open to UK readers only.
  2. One obligatory entry per reader + 2 extra entries + 1 additional extra entry per day allowed.
  3. There will be 3 winners in total. Each winner will receive 3 bottles of NicoBloc99.
  4. NicoBloc will be responsible for the delivery of the prize.
  5. Winners will be picked at random and informed within 7 working days via email or Twitter.
  6. Winners will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
  7. Closing day is 15-09-2013 at 23:59pm, an entry made after this time will not be counted.

 

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Updated on 02-10-2013

We have 3 winners!

Awesome Laura @Ubersome

Stacey Turner @stzza1

Rey Chun @agentchuna15

Well done! Just in time for Stoptober

Review – NicoBloc 99

home-page-imageWe are still struggling with our smoking habit. Currently the weather has been kind to us, so smoking outside isn’t such a huge deal at this moment, but any week now it is going to change and we will be forced to have a cigarette in the pouring rain outside the front of the house.

We just want to stop smoking.

I am very open to any and all new products out there, in the hope that something will help us quit. When I heard about NicoBloc I obviously wanted to try it out.

So what is NicoBloc*?

NicoBloc is a coloured fluid that you apply to the filter of the cigarette immediately before smoking. Typically you use the product over a six-week period to prepare you to quit smoking by reducing gradually your nicotine intake to allow your body to adjust gently to physical changes that occur during the drug withdrawal.

Whilst other systems help overcome the withdrawal syndrome once you have stopped smoking, NicoBloc prepares you physically and mentally and helps you before you break the habit completely.

The NicoBloc solution is not taken orally but is put on the filter of the cigarette without significantly changing its taste. Because of this, it does not have any counter-indications or interfere with any medication, so it can be used by anyone, including pregnant women.

You keep smoking but slowly reduce your tobacco consumption until you stop entirely.

There are no withdrawal symptoms, as NicoBloc helps your body adapt gradually to the reduction of nicotine levels at the same time as the number of cigarettes smoked is also being reduced.

The NicoBloc solution is not ingested; you apply it to the cigarette filter.

NicoBloc blocks the ingestion of nicotine and harmful tar, which causes cancer, by up to 99%.

It does not have any counter-indications or produce undesired effects.

2013-08-17_13-02-02_182So what do you receive once you order your NicoBloc?

You will receive a:

         –  15ml vial of NicoBlock liquid, which will last you up to 2 weeks

          – Instruction on how to use it

How to apply NicoBloc?

When applying more than one drop at a time, you should follow the steps described one by one. That is to say, you should not apply all the drops without following the 4 steps below.

Step 1

Make a deep indentation into the cigarette filter with the bottle nozzle.

Step 2

Squeeze the correct amount of NicoBloc fluid into the filter immediately before you smoke it. Follow the complete application process 2 or 3 times as required, applying one drop each time, rather than applying double or treble size drops. Allow each drop to soak in before applying the next drop.

Step 3

Use the nozzle to spread the fluid, so that it covers the total filter surface.

Step 4

Squeeze the filter a few times; this helps it to absorb the fluid.

Step 5

Light the cigarette and immediately take a strong first draw, before smoking the cigarette as normal.

2013-08-17_13-02-39_118Note :
The NicoBloc solution should be applied to the filter immediately prior to smoking.
It should not be applied to all the cigarettes in the pack at the same time.
The solution remains active for about 5 minutes after being applied.
Thereafter, it dries out and becomes ineffective.

How much of NicoBloc should you apply?

Week 1

One NicoBloc Drop – 33% Nicotine and Tar is blocked – reducing the addiction to Nicotine and the harmful effects of tar.

Week 2

Two NicoBloc Drops – 66% Nicotine and Tar is blocked – further reducing the addiction to cigarettes.

Week 3

Three NicoBloc Drops – 99% Nicotine and Tar normally consumed is blocked and by this stage the consumer trials prove that 60% of users have given up smoking.

So does it work?

I think it actually does work. After 3 weeks of using it I don’t crave cigarettes so much and I definitely smoke less. I am still on only 1 drop each cigarette, as I chose to take it easy and reduce the amount once I feel more confident I can deal with it. NicoBloc doesn’t change the taste of your cigarette at all in fact I am sure if someone would pass you an already made and lit cigarette, you wouldn’t even know the difference. The only downside is that I have to prepare each and every cigarette straight before I want to smoke it. This isn’t always possible for example on a long drive I would roll a few cigarettes before setting off here I cannot take advantage of the NicoBloc liquid… so I have to try and use NicoBloc as often as I can.

I am not sure if this would be a good idea from a business perspective as the cost of packaging would go up exponentially but what about selling them in single doses of NicoBloc in some form of one use delivery system? It might be more convenient and quicker to use and would always ensure the correct dose. I mention this because it can sometimes be difficult from the chunky bottle supplied to get just a single drop. If in a rush or multitasking in this modern hectic lifestyle it is all too easy to overdo it.

If you are struggling to quit smoking and you are determined to succeed I think NicoBloc might be just what you are looking for. Yes, it does require some “work” but it also gives visible results in a fairly short amount of time.

If you decide to take this road, stick with it and good luck!

*source of information

* Product was provided by NicoBloc via Bloggers Required free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own .