So, today is the Great American Smokeout. In the first place, the American Cancer Society sponsors this event to motivate Americans to quit smoking.

Great American Smokeout

First and foremost, this event occurs the third Thursday in November every year. Ultimately, the Amercian Cancer Society hopes smokers quit cigarettes for 24 hours. Of course, they hope the 24 hour ban leads to smokers quit smoking permanently.

Quit Smoking

Since so many Americans smoke cigarettes; quitting isn’t easy. For most people, it won’t be easy to go cold turkey. When you decide to quit smoking; the best way to achieve results is to change your habits, get medical help and emotional support.

While some smokers may be able to quit; other individuals may need to cut down on the number of cigarettes a day. Or, you may require a nicotine patch or medicine before you quit.

Substitute Exercise for Nicotine

When you quit smoking; you will see immediate health benefits. As your body begins to get healthier; you will feel less out of breath. Not only will you feel better; but you will also be saving the money you spend on cigarettes.

Are you ready to start exercising? So, at first start slow. You can walk. As you get more comfortable; increase your pace and time. Visit our Fifteen Minute Treadmill Beginner Workout post for some tips on getting started. Also, try and find a friend who is a non-smoker to accompany you on your walks.

As you get more comfortable walking; you can try introducing other fitness activities in your life. Whether it is swimming, dancing or trying an exercise class, any fitness activity can help you from picking up a cigarette.

Celebrate the Great American Smokeout

In any case, even if you don’t smoke, try and encourage any smokers you know to quit smoking for the day. Of course, any smoker who quits is taking steps to a healthier lifestyle and reducing their cancer risk.

As always, I welcome your comments.