Studies show that if you want to stop smoking, get more exercise.
A study in Taiwan found that smokers who walk or do other moderate exercises on stationary cycles, rope jumping, etc. are 55 percent more likely to quit smoking and 43 percent less likely to relapse. Only 30 minutes of exercise resulted in a 5.6 years lifespan.
In another study at the Otto Wagner Hospital and Lainz Hospital in Austria patients were given treatment programs with either nicotine patches or nicotine gum, or a program that included exercise. At the end of three months, 80 percent of those in the exercise program quit smoking. In the group that used only nicotine replacement, only 52 percent had discontinued smoking. Even those who didn't completely stop smoked less and had improved respiratory test results.
Still another study conducted at the University of Exeter in England found that a mere 15 minutes of exercise on a stationary bike left subjects with fewer cravings even 15 hours later when exposed to a smoking environment.
Walking is a simple, yet the most effective exercise, that can be enjoyed by everyone almost anywhere.
Author Marilyn Pokorney
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