Vaping and Fitness
I love to vape. I have been vaping for almost a year now. I smoked pipes and cigars for almost thirty years and gave them up the day I started vaping. I also love to exercise. I go to the gym four times a week, am an avid powerlifter and a TRX Suspension training advocate. I am sixty-two years old, so age is not a barrier to fitness. The unfortunate stereotype of vapers who do nothing but sit around in vape shops or sit on their couches playing video games portrays an unnecessary and unhealthy image that may keep people away from vaping for the wrong reasons. I am not suggesting that vaping will make you healthy, but I am suggesting that there is nothing inconsistent between being fit and healthy and being a vaper.
I believe that vaping is the best public health solution to the proven dangers of smoking. To be sure, vaping is a new industry and long-terms studies are just not yet available. But, the studies that have been done indicate that vaping is considered 90% safer than cigarette smoking. Given the failure of so many other cessation remedies, vaping just works. Most vapers today are former smokers. Given the size of the vaping industry world-wide, it is clear that vaping has been extraordinarily successful in getting people to stop smoking.
I hope to encourage those in the vaping community who took this important step to stop smoking, take another step towards personal health and fitness. I would like to encourage vapers to engage in regular exercise. It doesn’t really matter what form of exercise you choose. What is important that you engage in some form of exercise on a regular basis. It is also important to change unhealthy eating habits, but that is a different discussion for a different time.
My wife is a Certified Personal Trainer. As she points out on her website:
According the national Centers for Disease Control, the health benefits of regular exercise are hard to ignore. Everyone benefits from exercise regardless of age, sex or physical ability.
Regular exercise can help:
· Control your weight
· Reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension and high cholesterol
· Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
· Reduce your risk of some cancers
· Strengthen your bones and muscles
· Improve your mental health and mood
· Boost your energy
· Promote better sleep
· Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
· Increase your chances of living longer
So, my vaping friends, if you took the huge and important step to stop smoking, why not continue this healthier choice and build exercise into your regular routine. How, you ask? Well, it’s simple. You can exercise at home, at work, or at a gym. Try any of these modalities to get started:
Walk for thirty minutes a day at a moderate pace;
Ride a bike;
Do pushups and sit-ups;
Join a gym;
Sign up for a spinning class, a yoga class a stretching class or any one of thousands of fitness classes offered in almost every community;
Find a local personal trainer to come to your house and build a personal fitness routine designed for you;
Start jogging, short distances at first, at a pace you can handle and slowly increase your distance and your speed; or
Any other regular fitness routine that you enjoy and will follow on a regular basis.
Good luck with your vaping and good luck with your new exercise routine.