8 Exercises to Take your mind off Smoking

 Not everyone is the gym type. The Australian Health Department, though, has published a report relating that almost 70 percent of Australian adults were sedentary or did not exercise enough. The latest information was from the years 2011-2012. The Australian Heart Foundation found that Australian women over the age of 15 led a more sedentary lifestyle, and they were mostly from New South Wales. It is a statistical fact that exercise improves many medical conditions from heart disease to high cholesterol to diabetes.

We also believe that exercise reduces your desire to smoke. Hence we offer eight exercises you can do in the privacy of your own home. 

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One. Standing Side Bends

Stand with your legs hip width apart. Raise your arms over your head, fingers laced together. Lean to the left, arms going with the motion. Breathe normally: in through the nose, out through the mouth. Now turn your belly towards your leg. As you reach your knees, lower the still-laced fingers to the ankle. Hold for a minute or so, breathing normally. With finger still laced, return to standing position, turning your body back to the front instead of the side, and repeat on the other side. You should feel this deep inside the belly or the core muscles.

Two. Kickboxing

If you're irritated but you're quitting smoking, instead of lighting up, try this. Stand with feet hip width apart. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Bounce a little on your knees as if you were a boxer. It’s called the Boxer’s Bounce. Now kick out your left leg as you lean down toward your right ankle. No need for force, just kick. Now bounce a little. Kick out your right leg as you lean down toward your left ankle. Make sure you don’t lock the knees, because that will cause pain in the lower back. Repeat ten times on each leg.

Three. Jab-Punches

In keeping with the boxing scenario, keep bouncing on your knees in the Boxer’s Bounce. Extend your left arm in a short jab, as if you’re going to punch the person irritating you. Then extend the right arm in the actual punch. Keep your elbows tucked into your sides when not jabbing or punching. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do ten jab-punch repetitions.

Four. The Twist

Feel like dancing? Turn up your favorite music and stand with legs hip width apart. Begin to twist. Raise your hands over your head to involve the upper body and chest. Now, if you’d like a twist on your twist, lift your left knee to the side, give a little wiggle, and then resume twisting. Repeat with the other leg. Twist as long as you like, it’s not just good for you, but it’s fun! 

Five. Skip It

Remember how much fun it was to skip around the halls at school or down the sidewalk with your best friend? What’s keeping you from having that fun again? The next time you go out for the mail or the paper, skip. Going to the mall? Skip. Walking a couple houses down to visit a sick neighbor? Skip. It involves the heart, gets oxygenated blood pumping through your body, as well as reliving some of your fondest memories.

Six. Chair Exercises

Don’t feel like skipping? Not a problem. Just sit in your chair, and do a few moves that will have you feeling more energetic. Lift your right leg in front of you. Touch the leg, knee, or ankle, whatever you can reach, with your left arm. Now lift the left leg and touch it with your right arm. Do this ten times. You should feel it not just in your legs, but in your abdomen, too.

Seven. Chair Exercises, Part Two

Lift both legs in front of you, hanging on to the sides of the chair for support. Flap them as if you were swimming. For a twist on this, cross the left ankle with the right leg, then vice versa. You will definitely feel this in the lower abdomen.

Eight. Last Chair Exercise

With feet on the floor, lift the left arm over the head as you lean to the right. The right arm will be reaching for the floor. Do this on both sides ten times. You’ll feel it in your sides.