Quit smoking vs weight loss

quit smoking Vs weight loss

Should I attempt to quit smoking at the same time as starting a new exercise regime?

That seems to be an answer that can only be truly answered by the individual who is asking it to themselves. For many people quitting smoking is a challenge and for many people starting up a new exercise routine is just as challenging, if not more when you add in those who have attempted neither in the past. Put them both together and you could have a very successful outcome, or not. There are many effective ways towards becoming a healthier you, stopping smoking & starting to exercise are two great ways, but how well do they really match up?

If you are going to quit smoking you need something else to fill that “empty time” with, why not exercise? It’s a great way to get back into shape, something positive to replace the negative and it has already been called the new quit smoking prescription (compared to other anti smoking aids). There was recently an article from Women’s Health (magazine) that quoted the research from a journal of Preventative Medicine.

"Those who received counseling sessions that encouraged physical activity increased the number of steps they walked by 16 percent, while ex-puffers who got nothing walked less. At the end of the study, those in the active group were 84 percent more likely to be smoke-free. Why? Exercise reinforces your commitment to a healthy lifestyle and might help battle withdrawal-related fatigue and sleep problems, explains lead author Jodi Prochaska, Ph.D., M.P.H."

Replacing your habit with a new regime

For many it is preferred that once a smoker stops, to then get into an exercise routine but not until the smoker has completely stopped smoking (to better save the body and organs from intense strain and stress). Think of it this way: smoking makes your lungs work harder while limiting how well you are taking in oxygen. A new exercise routine is going to make your lungs and heart work harder in a good way, but if you are still smoking it will be a hard task to complete. The lungs will be trying to catch up from the time spent being clogged from the cigarette smoke and make sure that you are still getting enough oxygen to breathe properly during a workout. Most smokers who have not fully stopped smoking while exercising will end up running out of breath.

When you are quitting the addiction of cigarettes, most of the time people will explain that smoking gives a person a certain pleasure, which is true seeing as nicotine changes your endorphin levels. At the point when your body realizes its need to fight in order to stay alive, your “social smoking” may become your “habit”. Your body forgets how to properly release endorphins and the “smokers high” that you get each time you light up, will only last for a short time span. When you think about the effects smoking has on your system (just the rise and fall of endorphin levels), it makes one wonder why anyone would do this to themselves?

Everyone's different

To stop smoking each smoker is a little different, the same as each person who wishes to lose weight and get healthier is different. If we look at most of the success stories you hear about for a smoker’s cessation or even someone who is working to get back into shape and lose weight, the key to it is commitment and a good program. There are no overnight cures that work for either of these, but you can very well combine both to help fight the battle with extra ammo.

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