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Ex-Smoker Wants to Run

by Linda
(Loganspoti, IN)

Can an ex-smoker become a runner?

Answer by Dominique:


Hi there,
Thanks for your question about running and smoking.

Yes, I do not see why not.

Running has got many benefits for you, physical and mental, regardless of your background.





Things to keep in mind:

  • Start off easy. A good example of what I mean by easy is my Beginner Running Programs. They follow a run/walk approach and start off with only a few minutes of running. Now, I am not saying you have to follow these programs to the letter. Just use that same approach when you start running.


  • Under certain "riskier" conditions it might be better if you visit your GP first for a physical check-up. E.g. when you are overweight, over forty, have a history of heart disease in your family, when you have not exercised much before, when you have been a really heavy smoker etc. Your doctor can do a proper check on you and advise what activities you can or cannot do.


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    Hope this helps a bit.
    Well done on making these positive changes in your life.
    Kind regards,
    Dominique

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    by: Anonymous

    Hi! My name is Mike, and I am 46 years old. I quit smoking 1 year ago and now I run 25 miles a week. I have lost 20 pounds and I feel great. I started off slow, increasing my speed and distance gradually. I was a pack a day smoker. If I can do it. Anyone can do it

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