I have found that when I exercise, I feel less of a desire to smoke. It's kind of like eating crappy food. If I just had a really great workout and am feeling proud of myself, then I have no desire to eat a bag of chips or some chocolate or whatever. And yes, if I exercise for an hour and a half during the day, that's say 2 hours of my day, if you include stretching and changing and showering, that I can't be smoking. So exercise may not help quit, but it definitely will help cut down. And that's huge, don't underestimate the importance of even just going from 10 cigarettes a day to 6 or 7..
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6 7/9/14 1:46 P
I agree with the Quitplan class. There wasn't one when I quit but I did use quitplan.com which has great resources and also a helpline with a quit coach. I also received free patches which I used for a short time. By far the most helpful was the calculator showing how many cigarettes you have not smoked and how much money was saved. This may be the way to help your dad if you show him this website and he can take it from there.
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7/9/14 8:34 A
"Does exercising help quit Smoking? Is there other alternative? Want Dad to quit the habit and I'm finding solution for him to do it."
Nope. Your dad has to want it, and he will find what works best for him.
I agree with Miss Ruth that your dad needs to want to quit to do it. Hopefully he's there and I think it's great you want to support him.
I agree that exercise doesn't necessarily equal quitting smoking but it can be a good distraction. I hope he is successful.
7/9/14 7:08 A
I'm a former smoker (quit 7 years ago) and I can tell you that unless your Dad himself personally, really really wants to quit... there is nothing *you* can do that will make him quit. What really helped me was a Quit 4 Life class which is held at our local hospital. It's free, I think it's sponsored by the American Lung Association. It was once a week and it just goes on forever, you can go to the classes as long as you want to, you can join anytime. It doesn't really have a "start" or "stop" point.
You don't need to quit before you start going to the classes (and actually, there is a workbook and a lot of little exercises to do in preparation for quitting, so I'd recommend not quitting before starting) and even if you're not successful at quitting the first go-round, you don't get kicked out. You just can't smoke during the class.
When you quit, it's helpful to keep busy-- so exercise could be a part of that. So could cleaning out the garage or getting back into a hobby like woodworking or something, which keeps your hands busy. But the bottom line is that your DAD needs to want for him to quit; your wanting him to is great but isn't going to get him very far if he's not ready.
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7/9/14 12:41 A
Does exercising help quit Smoking? Is there other alternative? Want Dad to quit the habit and I'm finding solution for him to do it.
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