If you're a smoker who is ready to start exercising but not quite ready to extinguish the "nicotine stick" for good, think about the following health benefits* upon quitting:
- Within 20 minutes (of putting down a cigarette) your blood pressure & pulse read "normal"
- Within 8 hours the oxygen level in the blood normalizes & carbon monoxide levels go down
- Within 24 hours your risk of heart attack starts to decline
- Within 2 days you can taste food & smell things better
- Within 3 days your lung capacity improves to the point to where you can actually breathe better
- Within 3 months your circulation improves and your lung functioning is up by 30%
- Within 9 months your lungs are able to clean themselves again & your risk of infection goes down
- Within 1 year your heart diease risk is now half of that of a typical smoker
- Within 5 years your risk of stroke is close to that of a non-smoker
- Within 10 years your lung cancer death rate is half of that of smokers & your risk of other cancers goes down as well
- Within 15 years your heart disease risk is the same if that as a non-smoker
The good news is that you can start reaping the benefits the moment you take that last puff! Think about all that you can gain - the ability to fully breathe, enjoying the taste & smells around you, having vibrant skin tone, having more fun with your exercise program and having a healthy body. Once you experience the difference, you'll wonder why you didn't quit sooner! Do it today....it's a choice you won't regret!
-AR*Source for Health Benefits: U.S. Surgeon General Reports (1988, 2001)
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