I recently quit smoking and started an exercise.
Sharon, From: Oregon :
I recently quit smoking and started an exercise program. Initially it was
to prevent any weight gain from kicking the smoke habit. Within my first
week working out on my own at the gym I began to enjoy it and my goal has
changed from maintenance to overall improvement of my body and health.
Herein lies my question. I set up a weight training program with a trainer
as well as 40 minutes of cardio. I have reduced my calorie intake and
eliminated certain items such as my daily sodas. I have been working out in
earnest daily for 2 weeks.
What is a realistic time frame in which I can
hope to see results? Others say they see them already but I am skeptical.
I am afraid I will lose my motivation if obvious improvemtnt is too far in
Congratulations on quitting smoking and starting an exercise program!
You're already successful. In general, you will see strength gains in a
couple of weeks, improved cardio endurance by 6 weeks, and improvements in
body composition by 12 weeks. These vary by individual genetics and fitness
program quality. It may be a matter of months or more likely years before
you achieve the body comp you want. Then you have to keep working out to
maintain it. Other benefits, such as improved ability to handle stress and
enhanced self-esteem are there for most people but hard to measure. And the
most important benefits of exercise you may not "see" at all, as it
contributes to the absence of heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and
other conditions. Take a long-term view. You won't be sorry.
That's it for this time,
By: Joann Bally
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