Regular visitors to our blog might be aware of our previous discussions on running and vaping, but let’s get more in-depth in talking about exercise.
We’ll start with a quote from the popular exercise site Natural Physiques: “Since there is no burning involved, e-cigarettes leave no odour, do not contain tar or other carcinogens, and are long lasting. Unlike regular cigarettes they do not greatly impair lung function nor coat the lungs with smoke residue like tobacco.”
That’s the opinion of one writer; let’s look for the views of a thousand. Elsewhere, an online survey of 1,000 vapers asked specific questions about the effect vaping has on their lungs compared to traditional smoking. The results were hugely impressive: 98% of respondents smoke fewer traditional cigarettes since they’ve started vaping; 64% who previously had a smoker’s cough said that the coughing had gotten better or disappeared completely; 66% said everyday strenuous chores got easier; 70% saw an improved lung capacity; 72% said their ability to exercise got better (in the interest of fairness we should acknowledge the less than 1% who said their exercising got worse!).
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos wrote a nice analysis of the survey. On the subject of lung capacity he said “long-term users were less likely to report unchanged [lung capacity] and more likely to report improved exercise capacity.”
You can read it all here, but this is a summary of his interpretation: “In conclusion, in a group of motivated e-cigarette users we observe positive effects on respiratory function, while duration of e-cigarette use is associated with improvement in cough symptoms and exercise capacity. However, less beneficial effects were observed in users who continue to smoke, indicating that e-cigarettes should be used as a complete substitute for smoking.”
Back on the blog, the comments beneath the survey are nothing short of inspiring. “There is no doubt in my mind that I am healthier and look better. Breathing easier, circulation huge improvements,” says Edith, who had previously been smoking traditional cigarettes for a sobering 54 years. Charlie, another very long-term traditional smoker says of vaping: “I was a 40 a day smoker. wish they’d invented it years ago.”
The man behind the blog and the survey, James Dunworth said in a statement: “It is extremely pleasing to see over three quarters of those involved in the study had switched completely to electronic cigarettes, especially as Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos’s analysis of our survey suggests that it is these vapers who will get the greatest benefits from using e-cigarettes.”
Finally, while we’re feeling positive, let’s leave you with some tips for exercising that you can use when you ditch the traditional cigarettes.
Find the exercise that suits you
If you haven’t exercised before, there might be understandable trepidation about playing a team sport. Social activity can be great when you’re playing the right sport for you and your teammates are encouraging and welcoming. But just in case that’s too daunting, you can try the gym (trainers are more than qualified in helping you start at your own pace), walking, cycling, swimming or jogging. For solo sports, the only person you’re competing with or depending on is yourself!
Start at Your Own Pace
Rome wasn’t built in a day (otherwise we’d hire their contractors!). Don’t pressurise yourself to get too fit too fast – instead, think of it as the creation of a nice habit. Two perennial classics are the couch to 5k habit (which has countless blogs and apps) or getting off the bus a stop early and walking. The longest journey, they say, starts with a single step.
For the uninitiated, exercise can look like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. The post-exercise rush is no myth, as endorphins will be rushing through your body after a workout. But to get to that point, try to make it fun – listen to music or podcasts; get fit with a friend; or find a group that’s in the same boat as you. We’ll see you at the finish line!