“Pumping Iron” can double chances of quitting smoking

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A weightlifting regime can help smokers kick their habit according to new research. The findings published by the Miriam  Hospital in Rhode Island, USA, follow on from previous studies that aerobic exercise can reduce cravings for cigarettes as well as controlling weight gain after giving up.

The study followed 25 male and female smokers between the ages of 18 and 65 who reported smoking at least five cigarettes a day for at least one year. All participants received a 15-20 minute smoking cessation counselling session as well as an eight-week supply of nicotine patches before being placed into two random groups. The resistance training group engaged in two, 60 minute training sessions per week for 12 weeks. The full-body routine involved 10 exercises, with researchers gradually increasing weight and intensity every three weeks. Participants in the control group watched a brief health and wellness video twice a week.

At the end of the 12 weeks, 16 per cent of smokers in the weight training group had not only quit smoking, but had also lost weight and body fat. In comparison, just 8% of individuals in the control group had quit smoking and also reported an increase in their body weight and fat ratios. Click here for more info >  

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