Its possible to subdue the desire to smoke a cigarette doing exercises
According to research work, it was established, that a smoker is able to restrain himself from
smoking a cigarette with the help of some exercises.
Studies showed that for example unhurried walking reduced the intensity of smokers' nicotine
Doctor Adrian Taylor, the professor of exercise and health psychology at the University of
Exeter, who is also the lead author of this study, declared that if it's possible to find the
same effect in a drug, it would be sold as an aid for people to quit smoking cigarettes.
Dr. Tailor together with his colleagues examined 12 papers, trying to establish the connection
between exercise and nicotine deprivation. They concentrated their attention on exercises,
which could be done as a day-to-day activity, such as walking, flexing muscles. As a result,
they found out that as little as five minutes of exercise was enough for smokers to subdue
their desire to smoke their daily cigarette.
During the studies, people were asked by the researchers to rate their need for a cigarette
after different moderate physical exercises. Those ones who had done some exercise during 5
minutes said that their desire to smoke a cigarette was reduced.
Dr. Robert West, professor of health psychology at University College London said that it was
also established that the effectiveness of exercises was as strong as the nicotine patch. He
also added that the duration of the effect was unknown. Smokers could do exercise to manage
with short-time desire for a cigarette, but it was still a question, if such effect could last
for a long period of time.
Dr.Talyor also advanced a theory that some exercises could produce the mood-enhancing hormone
dopamine, which can reduce nicotine dependence.
Nevertheless, experts were not convinced about the study's practical application. Dr. Hajek,
professor of clinical psychology at Queen University Hospital in London, who was not involved
in the study, said if people did simple exercises even during their work at the desk, they
could subdue the desire to smoke a cigarette.