Thursday, July 12, 2018

One Less Excuse to Quit Smoking

weight gain after smokingIf a fear of weight gain is keeping your from kicking your nicotine habit, you may no longer have an excuse. A new study of 4,700 postmenopausal female smokers found that even a little bit of exercise can help keep pounds at bay.

Being active after quitting smoking was found to reduce weight gain, regardless of the amount of physical activity before quitting," Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, said in a society news release.

Participants who exercised more (150 minutes of moderate intensity per week) and watched their diet had the best results, yet even low-intensity exercise (walking 90 minutes per week at 3 miles an hour) did the trick. The study shows that there’s real "hope for those deciding to quit smoking — exercise more and watch food intake to limit weight gain," Pinkerton said. 

Need some motivation for sticking to your exercise routine? Here are some tips adapted from the American Heart Association to help make physical activity part of your daily recovery plan. 
  • Be consistent. Do your best to exercise at the same time of the day. This way, it will become a regular part of your routine and lifestyle. For example, you might begin by walking every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 am to 7:30 am.
  • Add variety. Develop a repertoire of several activities that you can enjoy, so you don’t get bored.
  • Recruit an exercise buddy. Asking a family member or friend to join you will help keep you more accountable.  
  • Track and celebrate your successes. Keep a record of your progress and reward yourself at special milestones. Note: Keep the rewards healthy like a new workout top or tickets to a movie. 
Exercise to Support Your Sobriety 
At Rising Roads Recovery, we understand that fighting addiction is more than simply giving up drugs and alcohol. It’s also about creating a new sober lifestyle that supports your health holistically. That’s why we offer a wide variety of fitness classes, including boot camps, yoga and more to help with stress relief and strengthen your body during addiction recovery. To discover more about our addiction treatment for women, call today: 866-746-1558.

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