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Monday, 27 August 2012 14:47

Exercise can help to curb the desire of smoking

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Exercise may serve as a good distraction while also boosting a person's mood, say experts.

smokingSmokers who are trying to cut down or quit should work out the next time their cravings threaten to overcome them, say researchers. A study that combined the data from 19 previous clinical trials found that a bout of exercise helped quitters reduce their nicotine cravings.

'Certainly, exercise seems to have temporary benefits, and as such can be strongly recommended,' said Adrian Taylor, a professor of exercise and health psychology at the University of Exeter, who led the study.

However, whether this translated into a greater chance of stopping smoking completely was unclear.

In the trials used for the study, smokers were randomly assigned to either exercise - most often, brisk walking or biking - or some kind of 'passive' activity, such as watching a video or just sitting quietly.

Overall, people said they had less desire to smoke after working out than they did before, although the reason for this was unclear.

Prof Taylor said exercise may serve as a distraction, while being active might also boost people's mood, so that they don't feel as great a need to feel better by smoking.

None of the smokers in the study, published in the journal Addiction, was in a quit program or using nicotine replacement products, such as gums or patches. Since nicotine replacement therapy curbs cravings, exercise might have less of an effect on smokers using these products.  

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