By Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless
Actually, because you have stopped smoking, there will have been an improvement in your lung function; unfortunately, much damage is not repairable.
Walking is the best exercise to begin with, but guidance by a physical therapist can be invaluable in building muscle strength, endurance, and mass.
Many hospitals have outpatient programs for pulmonary rehabilitation, and you would be well advised to take advantage of such a program. A typical program will run for eight weeks, with three sessions a week of three hours each.
It’s with difficulty that we overcome the years of abuse, but life is worth the effort. It’s a pity that so many young people are being ensnared by nicotine addiction in their youth. The statistics show that 90 percent who commence smoking in their teens are still smoking in their 50s. If only youth realized what age will tell, they would avoid so many hazards to health!
is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.
is ICPA executive director and associate director of the Health Ministries Department.