Physical Activity Helps to Quit Smoking

by Jenny Novac on January 29, 2014


Smoking has negative effects on health and most people are aware about it. 77 percent of adults in Scotland protect themselves from negative effects of smoking by choosing not to smoke. It was estimated that 67 percent of smokers in the UK would like to give up smoking. It is difficult to quit, therefore today for quitting are available a number of various smoking cessation tools.

In different countries worldwide there were made many researches which showed that physical activity during quitting smoking increases chances to quit successfully.

For many reasons physical activity is considered a precious tool when it comes to quitting smoking.

Physical activity helps to reduce some of withdrawal symptoms, cravings and even weigth gain that often accompany quitting smoking efforts. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms can make it difficult to quit. Most common withdrawal symptoms are: anxiety, irritability, poor concentration, depression, stress, restlessness.

However, exercises do help to reduce these symptoms. Scientists suggest that these symptoms can be reduced for up to 50 minutes after you have stopped exercising.  Many smokers who want to quit are afraid of gaining weight and here science claims that physical activity suppresses the appetite while quitting and can reduce weight gain for up to 2 years after quitting.

Just like smoking, physical activity increases the release of dopamine and activates the central nervous system. It means that parts of the brain responsable for motivation do react similarly to physical activity and to cigarettes.

Some reasons to start making exercises to quit smoking:
• it helps to reduce health risks;
• it helps to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke;
• it helps to reduce the risk of moving from a casual smoker to a regular smoker;

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