Running is one of the best known exercises that not just helps you to lose weight, but a new study has found that running can help you to quit smoking as well.
So if you are a chain smoker and have been trying hard to quit smoking then, running could be your best option now.
For the study researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) had taken into consideration Run to Quit - a national initiative targeting smoking cessation through group-based running clinics.
When the researchers evaluated the results of the study, it was found that about half (50.8 percent) of the people who completed a 10-week program was able to successfully quit smoking, while 91 percent reportedly reduced their smoking.
"This shows that physical activity can be a successful smoking-cessation aid and that a community-based programme might offer that. Because doing it on your own is very difficult," said lead author Carly Priebe, a postdoctoral student at UBC.
The study was published in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity.
In all, 168 smokers from across Canada registered for the 2016 Run to Quit program, and 72 of them stuck it out until the final week when 37 participants had their claims of quitting verified by carbon-monoxide testing.
The weekly sessions included classroom time divided between running instruction and strategies for quitting smoking, plus an outdoor walking/running component that progressed toward a five-kilometre run.
Participants had access throughout the programme to one-on-one phone counselling via the national quit-smoking line.
The programme also showed improvement in participants' mental health, as well as a reduction of nearly one-third in their average carbon monoxide level.
Meanwhile check out for these foods that help one to quit smoking.
Taking a small piece of ginger and then chewing it whenever you have the craving for smoking helps you to keep yourself away from smoking.
Take a small piece of cinnamon. You can either inhale or just put the cinnamon piece in your mouth whenever you get the craving to smoke. This helps.
Whenever you have the craving for smoking, munching dried fruits like raisins and almonds help you to stay away.
Turmeric is one of the best known spices that help in lowering the urge for smoking. You can add turmeric to any dish or drink it along with a glass of milk.
Fresh Fruit Juice:
Whenever you have the craving for a smoke, drinking fresh fruit juice helps. You can drink apple, watermelon or even papaya juice.