Life Lessons from the Bike – In recognition of World No Tobacco Day 2016, encourage your loved ones to quit smoking.
This year on World No-Tobacco Day (May 31), be courageous and ask someone to quit smoking. It may be just what they need to make a healthy lifestyle change.
Lung cancer remains the Number 1 cancer killer AND the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. and yet 1 in 5 Americans still smoke. Cigarette smoking is harmful to nearly every organ in the body and is a leading cause of cancers of the lungs, stomach, esophagus, mouth, throat, colon, liver and more. Smoking also contributes to chronic diseases such as stroke, diabetes, coronary heart disease, and overall diminished health. In the last few years, I’ve known two people diagnosed with bladder cancer as a direct result of smoking.
What does this have to do with the bike? In 5th grade, during Ms. Jelsma’s class, I made a poster for my dad asking him to please quit smoking, including the words “I am afraid you are going to die.”
There is nothing like the bluntness of a child, who has not learned to filter their words, and says exactly what they feel.
I wrapped it up and gave it to him for Christmas. That spring, after saving the $$$ from NOT purchasing a carton of smokes each week, my dad bought me my first 10-speed
bike. While it wasn’t his final smoke, he did eventually quit for good. I’m so proud of him and grateful for the many Christmas’s we’ve had with him (and many more to come).
Be courageous and ask someone you love to quit an unhealthy habit OR start a healthy one. They may just say yes.
I once heard it said that to figure out what your passion or purpose is in life, look back to some of the things you did as a child. Oprah, for example, can remember interviewing her dolls. For me, this is just one of the many stories from my childhood that have guided me toward one of MY passions: Cycling!
In health and fitness, as in life, consistency is key and it happens daily, if not hourly. You are in an endurance sport; the sport called LIFE. This applies whether you are abandoning an unhealthy habit like smoking, or adopting a healthier way to eat and fuel your body. There are no quick fixes where you do something for a said period of time and then stop – or return to your old bad habits – and everything keeps going hunky dory. It takes daily consistent action towards improved health.
Someone is Counting on You
When my husband and I got married, we made a promise to each other: to be as healthy as we could possibly be, for as long as we possibly could be. Every day I make choices to honor that promise and consider it a gift I continually give him.
There is someone in YOUR life that is counting on YOU to be healthy. They and you deserve your best effort to prevent disease and illness.
We are Here to Change the World
Imagine, if we all joined together in a grassroots effort on World No-Tobacco Day (May 31) and asked one person to quit smoking, whether it be some we love, work with, or a stranger we pass on the street. Some will say no. And, some will say yes. Together, we can make a difference.