Even though these articles are all about quitting smoking and staying quit, a little must be said of exercise. It should not be a surprise to anyone that regular exercise is essential to maintaining a good shape, but it can also help tremendously in quitting smoking, and even more importantly in the aftermath of stopping smoking, when cravings and possible weight gain can threaten to overwhelm you.
Quitting smoking is, whether we like it or not, a major lifestyle change for most non-casual smokers. Since it is very often quit difficult to make several major changes at the same time, it is important to start a regular exercise regimen before quitting smoking. Once you are regular in your attendance of fitness classes, the gym or martial arts, whatever tickles your fancy, you will quickly find yourself reaching a plateau, since smoking cigarettes puts breaks of physical effort and capability.
The odds are very good that you will be drawn to quitting smoking so that you can perform better at your sport or physical activity of choice, and that is the best scenario possible. Not only do you now have a regular exercise regimen, but the exercise itself is working on your psyche, telling you in effect that cigarettes are holding you back and that you could be performing a lot better, if only all that cigarette smoke wasn’t filling your lungs.
And I have news for you: when you do quit smoking, and continue your sport of choice, you will notice an overnight – literally overnight! – performance gain that will leave you flabbergasted! Cigarettes and physical effort do not go hand in hand, that is for certain, and you will enjoy your physical activities all the more if you do not feel like you are choking to death at every breath because of your nasty cigarette habit!