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11 August 2011

Use weight training to quit smoking

New research has added one more benefit to the long list of weight training benefits - it can also help smokers kick the habit for good.

Smokers who are looking for a way to kick the habit and get healthy may want to try weight lifting to help them kick the habit for good, a new study suggests.



According to a study, researchers found that three months of pumping iron actually seemed to help curb cigarette cravings and lessen withdrawal symptoms, while also keeping down the weight gain that many worry about when quitting smoking. The study also showed that overall, both men and women who completed a resistance training programme were twice as likely to kick the habit as smokers who didn't lift weights.

How weight training can help you quit

The first group of smokers was asked to complete two one-hour full-body resistance training sessions involving 10 exercises each week for 12 weeks. The intensity of the training programme was also increased every three weeks. Meanwhile, the second group of smokers ("controls") simply watched a brief health and wellness video twice a week.

 
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