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I’ve just stopped smoking. How can I get fit again all the way from the start?

I’m just stopping smoking (at last!) after way…way too long, and I’d like to get fit all over again. I once did triathlons, but now I can’t even run for 5 minutes without breaking down in a sweaty out-of-breath heap. Any advice?

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13 Responses to “I’ve just stopped smoking. How can I get fit again all the way from the start?”

  1. Stussy said:

    sweat

  2. Steve C said:

    Yes, start slowly and build up gradually. Just do a little more each day and you’ll be back running soon. Don’t exert too much, it can cause more damage than it benefits. Give the smoke a while to get out of your system. Give yourself a time to exercise and do a little more each day.

  3. Harsh - I said:

    start with half an hour brisk walk… then jogging… and then running… one month each…

  4. crazybunny said:

    rub vix or vapour cream on your chest and then jog around your neighborhood to open up your lungs…

  5. y.thelastman said:

    Your lungs should naturally begin to rebuild their tissues and your stamina should improve slightly through this healing process. However, the biggest thing to worry about is not going back to smoking and not substituting it with overeating, drinking alcohol, or maxing out the ol’ credit card. Best thing I can recommend is to start a physical hobby like jogging, a martial art, golf, etc. and when you feel the craving to smoke, you’ll exercise instead. Good luck and congrats that you’ve made it this far already!

  6. COOKIE said:

    YES, IT JUST TAKES TIME. START AT A SLOW PACE, RATE. WITHIN 24 HOURS OF YOUR LAST CIGARETTE, YOUR HEART AND LUNGS START TO MEND THEMSELVES, WITHIN 10 YEARS THEY ARE ALMOST AS GOOD AS NEW. IF YOU ARE NOT USE TO THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY OR EXERCISE, YOU HAVE TO START SLOW AND WORK YOURSELF UP. CONGRATS AND GOOD LUCK

  7. born4music101 said:

    Do work outs that will expand your lunges try swimming jogging at a comfortable pace that wont knock you out dead in 10 mins. Jumping rope,jumping jax and just simple stretches can help expand your lungs. Or just do what the other guy said and work your way up

  8. SJ said:

    Good for for stoping. I hate smokers!
    Join a gym.
    – On the tread mills do a light run for a minute the 2 mins, then 3 mins ect. Build it up.
    – then start to get faster as u go on it.
    OR
    Jog round the block once, then twice then three times build it up.

  9. ropar said:

    Welcome to the club brother!!! It`s been 7 months for me, & I finally stopped gaining weight. I`ve been going to the civic center & doing laps around the track. I`m slowly working my way back into jogging, but at 43 it`s a slow process. Just don`t give up, they say it takes about a year to year & a half to get your lung capacity back to normal. Keep walking & good luck!!!!!

  10. hanmabookie said:

    Dude, do everything everyone said so far, but add Hindu Squats into the mix. Do a search on Hindu Squats, that is the perfect exercise for lung expansion and you don’t have to go anywhere to do them. It works, I swear.

    Search: Hindu Squats. Now.

  11. Alex Warren said:

    Well I can see that you can control smoking as you have already done that try to concentrate on other thing which are important

  12. lilone_onpnt02 said:

    If you were in da military I would say just take a PT Test but since I dont know whether or not you are in I will just say exercise daily start off slow and gradually work ya way up.

    And to da person dat said da Vapor rub stuff, I aint neva tried dat, it seems like it would be a good idea, but I dont have any probelms running long distances though. Still might give it a try!!

  13. screws23 said:

    Keep up the good work! I too used to smoke. It’s been over a year now since I stopped and I feel wonderful about it. After hacking and coughing alot I finally started to see an increase in my ability exercise and that gave me the motivation to continue with my healthier lifestyle. We are winners!




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