Exercise

One of the reasons I decided to quit was to get fit again. So I got myself a fitness routine sorted out, starting off light, and doing it all properly. Part of the routine is to do some cardio 3 times a week (running for 15 minutes). I did my first run on Monday (second today), and I managed it fine. Ran for 15 minutes without coughing a lung up - woohoo!

Anyway, since then I've had a sore feeling in my chest, kind of llike what you get when you have a chest infection, but no problems with breathing, wheezing etc. In fact I haven't been able to breathe so well for years. I just wanted to know if the sore feeling was normal, especially after abusing my lungs for so many years.

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  • Yeah, that's what I thought. It's not getting worse, and isn't causing any problems, so no need for a doc just yet. Mind you I may need one after today's run lol

  • Yeah I would agree with Mojo. Safe to say it aint anything to do with stopping smoking though..

  • I'll agree with the others than chest/cardio issues are potentially far too serious to trust to a forum and a quick visit to your doctor is a good idea.

    That said, being in a similar boat to yourself in having recently embarked on a get fit/lose weight workout regime, I had similar pains in my chest and belly after my first couple of gym sessions - physical inactivity for a great many years takes its toll regardless of the smoking. I deliberately waited until I was 6 weeks into my (cold turkey) quit before doing any exercise specificially so that should any problems arise, they'd be more likely to be the cause of over-exertion rather than the remanants of my smoking past, and to give my lungs a chance. That came from a leaflet at the gym.

    I don't run (I've always walked a lot and prefer to keep it separate from the gym) but am now up to 40 mins of cardio a day, every day, and the chest pain only lasted a couple of days. Some advice I got from the gym instructor was also to drink a LOT of water (in small sips, absolutely NOT gulps) while going along as this seems to help with preventing abdominal cramps and heartburn, all related to the symptoms you mention.

    As I said though, I'm not qualified to offer an opinion, and am just saying what's worked for me. You really should see someone who can give you a proper checkup though.

  • One of the reasons I decided to quit was to get fit again. So I got myself a fitness routine sorted out, starting off light, and doing it all properly. Part of the routine is to do some cardio 3 times a week (running for 15 minutes). I did my first run on Monday (second today), and I managed it fine. Ran for 15 minutes without coughing a lung up - woohoo!

    Anyway, since then I've had a sore feeling in my chest, kind of llike what you get when you have a chest infection, but no problems with breathing, wheezing etc. In fact I haven't been able to breathe so well for years. I just wanted to know if the sore feeling was normal, especially after abusing my lungs for so many years.

    I know that it takes a while to get the nasty stuff out of your lungs! Start doing your exercises slowly and adding a few minutes each time.

    Good luck and call your GP if the pain doesn't go away :D

  • Everyone has given good advice that any chest pain/soreness is always worth being checked out by a GP.

    I've been jogging now twice a week for 4 weeks. when i started I never had any soreness but then I was probably not going much more than fast walking pace.

    I don't think i'll make next years marathon, but even after 4 weeks of fast walking i feel a hell of a lot better

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