If you want to quit smoking, go to the gym

Feb­ru­ary 23, 2017, 15:05

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Accord­ing to sta­tis­tics, only 5% of smok­ers find the strength to give up cig­a­rettes with­out out­side help. How­ev­er, sci­en­tists have found a method that will help those who want to get rid of a bad habit.

It turns out that quit­ting smok­ing is much eas­i­er if you start active strength train­ing. This con­clu­sion was reached by the staff of the Cen­ter for Behav­ioral and Pre­ven­tive Med­i­cine at Miri­am Hos­pi­tal.

A team of sports psy­chol­o­gists led by Joseph Cic­co­lo con­duct­ed an exper­i­ment designed to find out the effect of phys­i­cal activ­i­ty on the abil­i­ty to over­come nico­tine addic­tion.

Sci­en­tists have select­ed vol­un­teers — men and women aged 18 to 65 years. All sub­jects smoked at least 5 cig­a­rettes a day in the last year.

All par­tic­i­pants were divid­ed into two groups: the first of them under­went a twelve-week course of strength train­ing. The par­tic­i­pants of the sec­ond group tried to quit the bad habit in the usu­al ways.

At the end of the exper­i­ment, it turned out that the sub­jects from the first group quit smok­ing twice as often. Thus, if you want to get rid of nico­tine addic­tion — go to the gym and swing.

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