A worse addiction, smoking has the potential to ruin a smoker’s life and throw him/her off balance. Despite repeated government-promoted ads about the effects of smoking hazards on the body not many individuals pay heed to them. Once you get used to smoking the body craves for nicotine daily to carry on regular day-to-day activities. But this craving lands the body’s organs in trouble. Read more about the disadvantages of smoking and its impact on the human body from the website www.firsteatright.com. Any smoker must think of quitting smoking though it is far more easily said than done. But if you are trying to quit smoking whole-heartedly then relying upon physical activity and starting to exercise can help you succeed in overcoming nicotine dependence and withdrawal symptoms steadily.
Exercise has the ability to help people develop good health habits, maintain these habits and lead a clean lifestyle that includes eating healthy and stopping to smoke. Even a 2007 journal review on 12 different studies showed that moderate-intensity exercises such as cycling or walking can minimize nicotine craving and its related withdrawal symptoms including stress, anxiety, irritation and lack of concentration. Another study showed that as minimum as 15 minutes of exercising a day helped participants pay less attention to smoking cues (such as seeing other people smoke) and hence, prevent them from succumbing to smoking again.
The initial two weeks of withdrawal symptoms are larger than one could imagine and the following six weeks of intermittent craving are also quite difficult for the individual. Despite these difficulties and hardships, the benefits that the individual reaps after quitting smoking are enormous. Exercising helps the person who has quit smoking in several ways including:
The logic behind the positive effects of exercise on smoking has been revealed by a group of scientists who have cautiously scrutinized the mechanism of how exercise protects the body against nicotine dependence and withdrawal. Exercise increase the activation of a type of receptor called as α7 nicotine acetylcholine (a target of nicotine) and decreases withdrawal symptoms. It is better to start exercising with some useful tips given below:
Quitting smoking is not a joke and it needs sustained efforts and support to come out successfully. Besides helping to quit smoking exercising helps to maintain your health by keeping your blood glucose and pressure levels in control, reduces the risk of heart disease and also helps you avoid putting on weight. Above all, you feel happy and confident with a total boost to your energy and this helps you undertake new challenges and look forward to newer goals.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.