When you make the decision to stop smoking your life is going to change dramatically. Chances are you will be adding new routines and habits to the way you live. If not, you should probably reconsider.
No matter how you decide to get your exercise it is important to remember that consistency is key. There are many benefits to exercising when stopping smoking. For starters it helps manage stress and we all know stress was the number one trigger that caused us to light up. Next, you will feel better, look better, have more energy and exercise will help keep your mind off of smoking.
Getting physically active after stopping smoking doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym every day and pumping iron. The last thing we want to do at our age is hurt ourselves. Getting physically active is a combination of cardio and strength training both of which can be done in or out of the gym. Go for a brisk walk, hike in the hills, ride your bike, swim, do sit-up and push-ups at home, jump rope, take a yoga class or any class for that matter. The key is to just do it and keep doing it. Find activities that interest you – those will be the ones that prove the most beneficial.
Find the time that works best for exercise. Is it in the morning before you leave for work, during lunch or after work? Sometimes putting off exercise until the end of the day can make it difficult to sustain. We feel drained and want to relax but that always isn’t the case, so find the time that works best for you.
Manage stress, be consistent in your efforts and experience the benefits of exercise combined with not smoking.