Making the decision to quit smoking is one of the most rewarding things you can do for your health and well-being. But it's also one of the toughest. If you're struggling to kick the habit, in the meantime, here's a trick you can use to help kick the habit…
Quitting is without a doubt that the best thing you could do for your health as a smoker, but if you’re battling to kick the habit, your body will need all the support it can get in the meantime.
Luckily, you don’t have to look further than your walking shoes.
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Research from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) shows the best thing you can do when you get a nicotine craving, is lace up your walking shoes and head out for an invigorating stroll.
“Researchers looked at 19 past studies and found a bout of exercise
helps people suppress the urge to light up,” writes Antoinette Pombo in Health Bytes. None of the smokers in the studies were using nicotine replacement products.
One study compared exercise
(a brisk walk or biking) with passive activities such as watching a video.
While, participants said they had less desire to smoke after they worked out than they did before exercising, passive activities didn’t do nearly as much to curb the cravings.
Although researchers aren’t sure why being active works, they suspect it might have to do with exercise acting as a distraction as well as boosting mood. After all, you’re more likely to feel better after exercising and less likely to grab a cigarette.
So next time you crave a cigarette, take a stroll instead.