With Stoptober 2019 just around the corner in October, now is the ideal time for you to improve your health and the health of those around you by stopping smoking. Manage to quit tobacco for the 28 days of Stoptober and you’re up to 5 times more likely to be able quit ciggies for good.
You’re not alone if you can’t give up. While the number of smokers is going down overall, there are still over 7 million people in the UK still puffing away. In addition, and worryingly for the UK’s future health, the age group of 25 to 34 years had the highest proportion of current smokers, according to the Office for National Statistics.
At Xercise4Less Gyms we have a great antidote to nicotine withdrawal. Exercise away the urge to smoke at one of our gyms for the length of this month challenge and start seeing the health benefits immediately.
Kicking the Nicotine Habit
Finally kicking the unhealthy habit of smoking will transform your life. Exercise will play a major role in helping you put down the pipe, cigar, vaper or cigarette for good. The discipline of exercise will leave your smoking habit in ashes, but it won’t come easy at first.
Nicotine is very addictive so coming off cigarettes isn’t pleasant. You’ll probably suffer withdrawal symptoms for a few weeks while the tobacco cravings could potentially last for months. Combine the chemical withdrawal with the mental crutch that the act of lighting up can provide and you need a psychological replacement; something to occupy your time and distract you, something you can invest in. That’s where exercise comes in.
Working out at your local gym will combat both the physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal. Scientific studies have shown that exercising even moderately reduces cigarette cravings both during the workout and afterwards for up to 50 minutes. Let’s now look at the specific benefits of stepping away from your pack of cigarettes.
Smokingly Positive Health Benefits
You might endure shortness of breath when you exercise, especially if you’ve been a chain smoker. That will go away quite quickly as your lung function improves significantly when you stop smoking. Stubbing out your cigarettes and working out will lead to positive physical changes like an improved immune system and increased circulation.
You might be worried about putting on weight when you quit tobacco, but exercise will burn off any extra calories you’re eating as well as helping to suppress your appetite. Psychologically, regular fitness sessions will distract you from the urge to light up, improve your mood and help you cope better with stress through the pure endorphin rush of working out.
A Quit Smoking Personal Fitness Plan
The first step in trying to replace smoking with exercise could be sitting down with one of our friendly and supportive Personal Trainers. Create an individual exercise plan to combat those nicotine cravings. Make sure you aim to start slowly and build up as you feel the physical withdrawal symptoms ease. Concentrate on setting up a fitness programme that is simple to follow and doesn’t stress you enough to start rolling a ciggie!
Pick exercises that you can build on and that you enjoy. If you like walking, start on the treadmill and work your way up to slow jogging. Soon you’ll stop puffing and start enjoying your workout. If you prefer the camaraderie of a group fitness class, you’ll have plenty of great exercise sessions to choose from in our gyms. Try out exercises new to you like virtual cycling, lift free weights or try your hand in the boxing ring. Making exercise simple and attractive is key to combating your urge to start smoking again.
Eat Up the Benefits of Stopping Smoking
With the return of your sense of smell and taste after quitting cigarettes, you may be tempted to eat your way through those cigarette cravings. Focus on a healthy diet. You don’t need to suddenly become a virtuous eater but if you can manage to eat healthily most days, you’ll retain the benefits of all those gym workouts! Try and avoid refined sugar and processed foods and don’t become addicted to chocolate in place of tobacco, even healthier dark chocolate.
The Healthy Support You Need to Quit Smoking
Exercise doesn’t have to be completely exhausting when you’re just given up cigarettes. Joining Xercise4Less Gyms will provide a real support system for your change in lifestyle. Our friendly fitness staff and motivating gym community will be ready to encourage the new healthier you. Stopping smoking is always a challenging task but making exercise a replacement habit is simply easier when you’re an Xercise4Less member.