Quitting smoking is a very difficult task for many people. Many people begin with great intention to quit smoking only to be overtaken by cravings and one day find themselves on the stoop outside work with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth.
Researchers at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom recently examined 12 studies that evaluated the impact of exercise on nicotine cravings. All 12 studies found that exercise significantly decreases the cravings.
Moderate activity, such as walking, appeared to significantly reduce the urge to smoke for up to 50 minutes, in fact, the acute effects of exercise were as effective as the nicotine patch.
As a side benefit we can not ignore the impact that exercise can have on preventing the weight gain that often accompanies smoking cessation. Exercise and exercise often for success with quitting smoking!