Looking for something to busy your hands and mouth with after quitting smoking? Why not take up the flute? Aside from being a fun activity and a great distraction that'll help you avoid relapsing, playing the flute offers many other benefits for ex-smokers too. Here are 3 of the best.
It'll Strengthen Your Breathing
As most smokers know, cigarettes often cause moderate to severe lung damage over time. This can make breathing difficult--even after you quit smoking--and breathlessness can be uncomfortable, stressful, and tiring. That's why ex-smokers should make an effort to exercise their lungs and regain some of their former lung capacity. One great way to do that is to start playing an instrument like the flute. Unsurprisingly, playing the flute is a great workout for your lungs as it requires a lot of strong blowing. Alongside increasing your lung capacity, it also teaches you how to control your breathing and helps strengthen the muscles that surround and support your lungs, further reversing the effects smoking had on your lungs.
It'll Relieve Stress and Anxiety
One of the main reasons people start (and continue) smoking is because cigarettes can act as stress relief, combating anxiety and daily pressures. Thankfully, smoking isn't the only activity that has such effects. If you struggling with feelings of stress, worry, or panic since you've stopped smoking, playing the flute could help. Playing an instrument is fun and helps you channel your mind into a more positive line of thinking. Like smoking, it provides respite from draining tasks like working, studying, managing a household, and socialising, giving you something enjoyable to do when the going gets tough. If you choose to take your hobby further and begin performing flute solos, learning how to play in front of a crowd can teach you how to control your stress response under pressure, which can have knock-on effects in your professional and personal life.
It'll Improve Your Posture
Did you know that smoking can affect your posture and balance? It may seem unlikely, but surprising studies have shown that smokers score worse on postural stability tests than those who don't smoke. Bad posture and balance can lead to a range of problems, from increased risk of falls to chronic back and neck pain, so you may want to take some steps to address your posture once you quit smoking. Aside from regular physiotherapy exercises, playing the flute is a fun way to improve your postural stability. To play the flute well, you need to stand straight and hold your instrument at the right angle. This helps improve your core muscles and encourages you to avoid slouching, which has a positive effect on your balance and posture.
Go to a place that sells professional flutes for more information and to get started.