"Withdrawal symptoms related to smoking can be better handled with walking", says a research finding. This was published in the medical journal Addiction.
Dr. Adrian Taylor from University of Exeter who is the lead author of this study revealed that moderate exercise certainly had a better effect on people who are keen to quit smoking. He also added that if the same effect was found in a drug, it would have been immediately marketed as an effective tool to give up smoking.
Taylor and his team analyzed 12 different papers which discussed about the relationship between exercises and nicotine withdrawal. The emphasis was on exercises that could be done outside a gym like walking, isometric exercises, flexing and tensing muscles.
It was found that a minimum of five minute exercises was sufficient for smokers to keep their craving for a cigarette under control. According to Taylor, exercise produced dopamine responsible for mood enhancing which reduced the smoker's craving for nicotine.
Dr. Robert West, professor from University College London felt that these exercises could come in handy for a shorter bout of craving. For a long time effect it will have to be combined with anti-smoking techniques.