I as newby read eveything and anything but I was reading the thread how long did you smoke for and it got me thinking. We my partner and myself are very lucky Mike is 72 smoked until 6 years ago and me Im 64 3 weeks clean but we are still fit I wont say healthy as we dont know. Yesterday for example Mike was in the attic rewireing a house and me I went for a run (it was short as there is snow on the ground). We run our small holding but there is not so much to do in the winter. We are so thankful that all the years we have abused our bodies we are in quite good shape Im sure some smoking related problem will finish us off but we are so happy and now I am smoke free it should make everything better.
How fit are you
Posted 14 January 2018 - 02:14 PM
That's awesome Hev! Not smoking will make your fitness level even better, I'm sure!!
Congratulations to you both!!
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 02:31 PM
As my lungs get better from not smoking I'm aiming for sub 20secs. Just need to lose a few pounds around the waist aswell to boost times. Need to get my mouth wired shut because since packing in smoking I can't stop eating!
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 04:02 PM
I am not terribly fit per se, but after quitting I found the energy and wherewithal to start getting some exercise every day, which I never would do when I was still smoking. I think learning discipline - from quitting - extended to giving me the discipline to do my little daily exercise routine.
I walk, either outside on a track or (bad weather lately) on my garage treadmill, for 30-40 minutes. Every. Single. Day. (I don't let myself make excuses to not do it.) And a yoga class once a week. At 60 years old, I feel better than I have in years.
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 04:48 PM
Things began to get better when I realized I would remain quit even if things never got any better.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:01 PM
In my 20’s, I was in the military. Smoked like a chimney, but was in peak physical condition
In my 30’s, I was no longer in the military, had a desk job and got “soft”, still smoking 1-2 packs a day
In my 40’s, realized how fluffy I had gotten and got myself back in shape. Even quit smoking for almost 4 years. But was more fit.
In my 50’s, I had resumed smoking over a pack a day, pretty much ceased any exercise at all, I did manage to get a Masters degree, but that also took away any time I may have worked out.
Now, halfway through my 50’s, I have:
Taken up walking, and lost 30 pounds in the year befor I quit smoking.
Quit smoking in October, and promptly put 10 pounds back on
Redoubled my efforts. More frequent, longer walks. Watching what I eat (I use MyFitnessPal).
Now, down 5.5 pounds of the 10 I gained!
Probably a longer answer than you were looking for. So shoot me! :0)
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:50 PM
The only way "fit" fits in to my life is when I realize my clothes won't fit
Seriously now, I don't know how fit I am, I do a little bit of cycling... around 100 miles and 5,000 feet of climbing per week and most times I eat the dust from the other guys and gals, now is that fit? I guess it all depends who you compare yourself to. I don't think I am.
But, it is a true statement that quitting smoking by far will increase your motivation to improve your general health, eating better, exercising and seeing life a different way, I guess it is because we realize we now have a chance to have a life.
I hope I get to be Mikes age and be able to do what he does.
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