Hitting the Gym Could Help You Quit Smoking

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A new study said exercising could reduce the craving for cigarettes, but the effects do not last very long.

A report from The Independent said a study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors found that people who worked out saw a reduction in nicotine cravings. The effect lasted anywhere from several hours to a day or two.

"One implication for these findings is that exercise may be a useful treatment strategy," said David Williams, a researcher at Brown University. "But it has to be done frequently enough and consistently enough because the effects that it has diminish over time."

The Independent explains how it works:

Exercise produces neurotransmitters including dopamine, a feel-good chemical that can provide the same positive mood as smoking. But science has yet to provide concrete practical exercise recommendation for kicking the habit, because the benefits of a workout aren't that long lasting, researchers say.

This is not the first study to reach a similar conclusion. British researchers found that a single 10-minute workout session cut nicotine cravings.

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