A recent study has proved that running can help you quit smoking. Yes, this comes across as good news to those who are planning to quit cigarette smoking. The researchers from the University of British Columbia conducted this study in a national initiative called Run to Quit. For this, 168 smokers from across Canada registered ,out of which 72 candidates successfully completed the 10-week program. The participants had weekly sessions of running, outdoor walking and counseling sessions. By the end of the 10-week long session it was noted that 50 percent of people who completed the program were able to quit smoking and the rest of the participants reduced smoking. (ALSO READ Tummy cramps while running: 5 tips to prevent stomach cramps and side stitches).
This study clearly suggests that physical activity can help you get better results when you are trying to quit smoking. Also, a community-based program works well instead of doing it on your own. So, if you too plan to quit tobacco smoking, then you can make running a part of your lifestyle to reap all the health benefits and to counteract the effects of smoking. Here are some tips that will help you when you take up running.
Before running, do not have a huge meal, instead wait for at least three hours before you head out for your running session. Stick to something light and healthy before you head out, like a banana or some dry fruits to give you an instant boost of energy before you head out.
Another important thing to keep in mind is to keep your body hydrated. Drink 8 ounces of water before 30 minutes you plan to run. Since you lose a log of water through perspiration, you need to make sure that you do not end up dehydrated after your run and in between the session. Also, take a water bottle to sip in between.
Before you head for a run, have a short warm up session. Some gentle stretches will get your body warmed up and help your body to be loose and relaxed, before you start the running session. Doing proper stretches will also ensure that you do not have those dreadful legs cramps in between.
Though you might be all motivated and excited to start up this new routine, always begin your run at a slow pace with easy strides. Then gradually increase your pace until you reach the point where you are running at your desired speed. If you begin with fast strides, your body will become tired soon and you will be unable to complete the whole routine because of soreness in your legs.
Another tip that can be useful in the long run is to replace your shoes regularly. Since the soles of your shoes become too compressed in between your runs, your legs and feet will get strained if you keep using the same shoes. So track the mileage of your shoes and replace them.