A team of researchers from The Miriam Hospital, the University of Massachusetts in Boston and St. George University of London recently discovered that exercise helps to improve mood and curb cigarette cravings in smokers.
However, they noted that the effects typically do not last for more than a day or two.
“One implication for these findings is that exercise may be a useful treatment strategy, but it has to be done frequently enough and consistently enough because the effects that it has diminish over time," said lead researcher David Williams.
Results of this study suggest that the benefits of regular exercise go beyond promoting cardiovascular health and keeping weight healthy, since it may also help a person gain more self-control.
Author and trailblazer Ilchi Lee recommends exercise and a good diet to maintain physical health, and meditation and yoga to attain a stronger state of mind. Perhaps the key to smoking cessation is to exercise regularly and engage in mind-body-spirit practices for optimal well-being.