Since Instagram is so popular right now, I decided to put together a 22-day series of quick educational posts.

For the next 22 days I will post a quick video or photo that will cover various topics; from fitness to nutrition to living a healthy lifestyle.

The goal is to share some fitness and wellness information that will help you with your health-related goals.

DAY 19 OF 22

Today’s post is about Smoking.

Sadly, I still see way too much smoking here. The horrible effects on your body are endless and I could list pages of research and proof. You will never be truly healthy if you continue to smoke. If you are a smoker, here are a couple strategies to consider. Today.

Tip 1: We are more apt to complete a goal if we share it with people. Family, friends, co-workers are all examples of a great support team.

Tip 2: Having a definite date one or two weeks away will help you focus and stick to the ultimate goal.

Tip 3: Throw out all cigarettes as well as anything else related to smoking; ashtrays and lighters for example.

Tip 4: Post these reasons somewhere you will see them everyday…like your bathroom mirror for example. A consistent reminder is great motivation.

Tip 5: When you have an urge to smoke, do something else so you don’t tempt fate. Go for a walk, call a friend, grab a healthy snack.

Tip 6: Ask a fellow smoking friend to quit with you to help motivate each other.

Tip 7: This will help with cravings and keep your mouth “busy” if you get an urge.

Tip 8: Smoking negatively affects just about every organ in your body. Period.


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About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).  

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, CrossFit Level-1 Training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.

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