Depending upon how long and how much you have smoked, and how inactive your lifestyle has been, it may easier or harder to get into a running routine. People who stick with it feel and see improvements at the end of 8 weeks.
Listen to your body, take walking breaks during runs, and rest days during the week. That's not wimping out; it's being smart!
If you find it hard at the start, don't worry. The human body adapts quickly, and your ability to run will get better and better over the 8 weeks."Anybody running beats anybody walking,
and anybody walking beats anybody sitting."
- Quitting (or not)
By the time you complete the RUN program, you will have been a runner for 2 months. You can be a ex-smoker too, if you want to. The QUIT program can help with that. Check it out if you're interested.
Stress sucks. Its also the #1 reason why people go back to smoking after trying to quit. Having good ways to deal with stress improves the odds of quitting smoking. And even if you dont want to quit, its good to be able to deal with stress.
The CHILL program offers realistic ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
Just remember, if you are feeling really sad, depressed, angry or agitated, it's a good idea to check in with a health professional.