We all know that smoking is injurious for our health but quitting smoke can be very difficult. The common withdrawal symptoms of tobacco addicted individuals are: irritability, trouble sleeping, weight gain, constipation, depression etc. Regular physical exercise or involvement with sports can reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
A recent research study conducted by Dr. Alexis Bailey and his team supervised by Dr. A. Bailey senior lecturer in Neuropharmacology at St. George University of London; shown that “even a 10 minute bout of moderate exercise can have immediate effects of reducing tobacco cravings. [ref: Health-line media UK].
The research study conducted by Dr. A. Bailey and colleagues focused on how protective effect of exercise against nicotine dependence actually works. The research results was positive to establish a conclusion that moderate exercise plays an important role to quit smoking although the research evidence was not sufficient enough to establish the causality between the increased activity of the “Hippocampal Nicotine Receptor (HNR)” and the beneficial effects of exercise. [ref: British Journal of Pharmacology].
The secret weapon that can help you to stop smoking is regular physical exercise. You can join Gym for workout, start swimming, dancing, yoga or playing football or cricket while you have decided to quit smoking. Exercise will help you to deal with both physical and psychological aspects of nicotine addiction.
The benefits of exercise when you are quitting smoking:
Regular moderate exercise will help to limit weight gain and will help you in dealing with cravings for a cigarette.
Moderate physical activity, especially aerobic exercise reduce the urge to smoke.
Any sports activity will distract you from the thoughts of smoking, improve your mood, help you cope with stress and make you feel more energetic.
Some people really enjoy exercise but others find it difficult or get bored while they are in a regular exercise routines. If is always better to learn a new sport, entering a race or participating a tournament for a competitive challenge; may be just what you need while quitting smoking.
@: Md. Monsur Helal.