London: As little as five minutes of exercise could help smokers quit, says new study. Research published in the international medical journal Addiction showed that moderate exercise, such as walking, significantly reduced the intensity of smoker’s nicotine withdrawal symptoms. “ If we found the same effects in a drug, it would immediately be sold as an aid to help people quit smoking, “Said Dr Adrian Taylor, this study’s lead author and Professor exercise and health psychology at the university of Exeter.
Taylor and colleagues received 12 papers looking at the connection between exercise and nicotine deprivation. They focused on exercises that could be done outside a gym, such as walking and isometrics, or the flexing and tensing of muscles. According to they research, just five minutes of exercise was often enough to help smokers overcome their immediate need for nicotine fix. After various types of moderate physical exercised reported reduced a desire.