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13 Apr 2006

Exercise for after quitting smoking
On 01 January 2006 (new year resolution) I stopped smoking. My body mass was 78kgs. Today (13 April 2006), I weigh 92kgs. My height is 1.72m.
I grave food like a pig & therefore eat all the time to replace smoking gravings.
I go to gym (aerobics & treadmill) for about 30min twice a week. I get tired quickly & therefore loose interest.
I'M fraustrated and want to loose weight. Should I go back to smoking? My confidence is very low, my clothes does not fit anymore..& women dont appreciate me anymore
What exercize & food must i follow?
Answer 387 views

01 Jan 0001

Hi Mr TK

Your question about going back to smoking is a moot point - of course you can. Should you? That's another issue altogether. I think that quitting smoking is, in the long term, an excellent choice, because we know, scientifically and from experience, all the negative effects that smoking has on people. So having quit, you benefit in ways that you normally cannot see. Unfortunately, however, the side effect, or consequence is weight gain, and this is something that you can see. I have a couple of things that I do need to say with regards to the exercise

The first is that two sessions a week is not enough to lose weight, especially if you are overeating. If you are going to eat excessively, then you can still get away with it, but you need to exercise 5 times a week, for at least 45 minutes each time. That probably doesn't sound terribly appealing to you, because you are starting from a position of being relatively unfit. However I am fully convinced that if you build up gradually, you will very quickly learn to enjoy these sessions - they will even become your craving, rather than smoking!

So what do you do about this exercise issue? The first thing is to get onto some sort of proper training programme, rather than simply exercising randomly. You could perhaps get a copy of Runners World next month, where you will usually find some sort of training programme, often for beginners. Also, check out the Fitness page of this site, then click on Programmes, and choose any of these programmes.

The second thing you should do is find a friend to train with - nothing motivates like another person, especially if they are in the same boat as you, and trying to lose weight, or get fit.

Finally, don't do this on your own strength. Apart from finding a friend to support you, consider the many tools that are available to people who want to quit - there are patches, chewing gums, proper programmes etc. that will help you conquer your cravings step by step, and I am 100% sure that you will succeed if you give them a try. You've made it this far, don't lose heart!

Good luck!
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