Get active

Transitioning into a new routine like exercising regularly may feel like a big change, especially if you're trying to quit smoking at the same time. But, you can increase your chances of quitting while improving your health by reaching for your gym shoes instead of a cigarette.

Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise is an effective way to keep cravings and withdrawal symptoms at bay. Aerobic exercise is physical activity that gets your heart rate up, gets you sweating and causes you to breathe harder. This can be a brisk walk, climbing a few flights of stairs, jogging, hiking, cycling or swimming.

Tips for getting started
  • Find an activity that you enjoy. So, if running isn't your thing, don’t force yourself to make that your activity of choice.
  • 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, five or more days a week is recommended. If fitting 30 minutes of exercise a day is too difficult, break it into three 10-minute sessions. 
  • Set some time aside that fits your schedule. If you have multiple commitments in the evening, make a plan to exercise during the morning before kicking-off your day. Life gets busy and the unexpected always happens; make changes to your exercise schedule when necessary. 
  • Find an exercise buddy – exercising with someone can keep you accountable. You may be more motivated to get active if you know a friend is waiting for you at the park for your morning jog. 
  • Looking for something more structured? Join a class at your local community center or learn a new sport.