Exercise helps your body to adapt to its new state of affairs. Smoking is an addiction; our bodies come to need regular hits of nicotine to go about their daily lives. That's why coming off the fags is unpleasant: two weeks of intense withdrawal symptoms, normally followed by around six months of intermittent cravings.
Of course, those weeks and months of difficulty are nothing compared to the long-term health effects of smoking.
Working out is good for anyone â but it offers a few specific and vital boons for the smoker trying to give up:
Reduced hunger. It sounds counter-intuitive, but a natural response to regular moderate exercise is a reduced level of hunger. According to a study published by the American Physiology Society, exercise dampens the production of ghrelin, a hormone that increases appetite, and promotes the production of appetite-suppressing peptide YY.
Of course, after a workout, you're going to need to take on food to replace lost energy. Further studies show you're more likely to choose your food wisely in such a circumstance, than if you've been sedentary all day.
Limits weight gain. Many people find that smoking helps them avoid putting on weight. What's more, when they give up, they find a new fidget toy to play with: food. Exercise helps counteract any increased food intake by burning those extra calories.
Manages stress. Many people utilize smoking as a way of quelling social anxiety and stress â but the truth is that smoking is actually putting the body under a lot of undue stress. Exercise helps as an alternative to both. Moderate intensity exercise will promote the release of endorphins and hormones associated with reduced cortisol and anxiety. Thus those who engage in regular moderate exercise are going to be less stressed overall than those who do not.
This post has been edited by johnyjackson on November 22, 2018, 3:39 AM
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