I have always kept myself physically fit, and here's the paradox, even when smoking 20 a day for 40 years :eek:. I tried cold turkey in the past and found I was training too much and realised I was replacing nicotine with adrenalin :mad:. So don't do this!
There are a lot of tips and support aimed at the emotional themes associated with quitting but not seen many for fitness.
So here goes.
We all have increased oxygen levels and energy (depends of which stage you are at) so why not use some exercise to get fit. The physical improvements will ultimately support the emotional changes our bodies are going through.
I think the easiest way to start is by walking at a faster pace than you normally do. Set a time and a distance for yourself and get out in the fresh air. Powerwalking is great and much less stressful on the knees. (I do this two days per week). You will find you can complete your distance much faster after about a week - so increase it.
I use light weights (on a curling bar) with plenty of reps to keep the heart rate going (3 times per week). This is mixed with bike work using an exercise machine (warm-up before the weights). Lateral thigh trainers are also good - I use the wife's - and I love my rowing machine. (twice per week)
Sessions are 15 - 30 mins per day with one day of rest during the week. I am using champix and on 9th day. This is my normal training routine so not seeking increased adrenalin but feeling much fitter with not smoking.
Anybody else got any tips to get back to fitness?