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.

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

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