|Exercise plays an
important role in helping you to quit smoking.
Research shows that smokers who take up a regular exercise program have a much higher
quit-smoking success rate. The higher the level of activity, the higher the success rate.
Smoking and exercise simply aren't compatible. A Gallup Poll found that smokers who
exercised were twice as likely to quit smoking versus smokers who did not exercise.
Cigarettes do alleviate stress for many smokers. When you give
up cigarettes, your stress level likely will rise. Exercise is
an excellent stress reliever and can replace your dependence on
cigarettes for stress relief. It is important to note that you
can reduce your nicotine intake using electronic cigarettes.
The many positive effects of exercise are too
numerous to mention or explain here. However, here is a list of some of the most common
benefits of exercise:
||Increased feelings of well being
and improved health
||Improved muscle tone and physical
||Increased self-esteem and sense of
||Improved sleep · Improved
performance at work
||Improved attitudes and disposition
To get started exercising you need
to choose one or two activities that you enjoy. Common exercises include walking, jogging,
biking, swimming, tennis, basketball, etc. You may even decide to undertake regular,
strenuous yard work for your neighbors.
Try to exercise 20-30 minutes at a time, three to four times per week. If you are out of
shape, give yourself time to work up to this regular exercise schedule. Consult your
doctor before beginning your exercise program.
For many people, exercise is
drudgery. Be sure you pick an exercise that you enjoy, and consider exercising with a
buddy. Your buddy can encourage you to "keep moving" when you want to stop.
You'll also be more likely to exercise when another person is depending upon you to be