Medical researchers found exercise temporarily reduces the craving to smoke.
Exercise can reduce cigarette cravings for a little while, claims a study in the British research journal Addiction.
Reuters Health says the study “combined the data from 19 previous clinical trials and found that a bout of exercise generally helped hopeful quitters reduce their nicotine cravings.” It’s not clear whether that also boosted chances of quitting.
It’s also not clear why it works. Head researcher Adrian Taylor is quoted as saying that the activity might boost your mood, or maybe exercise is simply a good distraction. Whatever the cause, the result was less interest in smoking after a walk or bike ride.
Nobody in a quit-smoking program or using products to help quit was included in the study, so its benefits for those people are unclear. But it might help smokers spend less on cigarettes. Find other ideas in 6 Ways to Save on Cigarettes.