Hi, all. On New Years Eve, I quit smoking cigarettes. Not long after I decided to try and get back into fitness again. I was a daily smoker for over 5 years and have mostly remained active as well. I've always been told that "I would feel so much better working out if I quit smoking". Well I don't, haha. I still feel it in my lungs and have yet to feel any sort of difference in my breathing.
Has anyone else done the same? What is working out like for you now that you're cigarette free?
Yeah for awhile it will hurt. Just take it as another trial in life.
I can't say I've been a nicotine habits but I'll tell you I've kicked harder stuff. And it sucks in the beggining. But hang in there. You may not feel great now, you may not feel great doing it but you will feel f**kin great later.
I cheated, I switched to e cigarettes, but I can breath, taste and smell so much better!I just love nicotine
I tried the switch. The disposible ones taste really disgusting and aren't satisfying. I bit the bullet and bought an expensive only to have it stop working less than a month after I bought it. I wish I could find a way to get nicotine still that worked for me lol
I quit smoking almost 3 years ago now. I still have cravings sometimes and feel short of breath. I just take a real deep breath as if inhaling the smoke and it helps. I called the quit line and had a councilor help me make a plan and find the best help. It's different for every state and I'm not sure every state has it, but it's free counciling. And it helped me a ton. I tried everything before using the help line. I found that the patches were best for me, and when I had a bad craving and felt stressed I called the help line. The deep breathing really helps. It does get easier, but the first few months will get much more difficult before it starts getting easier. Try the deep breathing and wouldn't hurt to try the patches. They have different doses and you can talk with any pharmacist if you need help deciding. It's really rewarding when you accomplish a year without smoking, then two, and so on. It feels great to not smell like smoke and not plan everything around where smoking is permitted. You gotta hang in there, find an ally that can help you stay focused. And the biggest thing is don't beat yourself up if you slip, just keep trying.
I read "the easy way to stop smoking" and I never would have thought a book could help but it really did. Quitting was easier than I even wanted it to be (I wanted to feel that STRUGGLE like I was a hero)
I've been quit for a few years now. I love not coughing all the time. I feel much better.