Exercise is hard enough without 50 different toxins in your lungs
It’s no wonder you don’t find many smokers running marathons. But the truth is, exercise is a great way to help you quit smoking. Exercise works because it helps manage energy levels, moods and weight gain.
Research has found that just 10 minutes of exercise reduced cravings for regular smokers. The study also showed that exercise made cigarettes appear less attractive to smokers.
And it’s been found that exercise helps smokers with a high risk of relapse because of emotional distress, since exercise can reduce anxiety sensitivity and depressive symptoms.
Start at the right pace
If you just stopped smoking, ease yourself into exercising with low-intensity cardiovascular (also called aerobic) or light strength training (also called weight lifting) exercises. Starting an exercise program at a high intensity right after you quit smoking could be dangerous.
Start by exercising at a low intensity for short durations. Walking, biking or swimming for 15 to 20 minutes at a time is a good way to increase your cardiovascular endurance after you quit smoking.
Gradually work your way up to moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercises for durations of 30 to 60 minutes at a time. To achieve substantial health benefits, it’s advised that adults participate in at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercises every week and strength-training activities at least two times per week.
Some smokers are afraid of feeling sick without nicotine. But exercise can help here, too by reducing the worst symptoms of smoking withdrawal, such as:
Exercise can also lead to better overall health and well-being, and can help quitters shed unwanted weight.
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