Do you smoke? Are you planning to quit smoking but not finding any success? A recent study says that running can help you in giving up tobacco.
The group of researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) came up with a programme called 'Run to Quit'. This was a national initiative where people who wished to give up smoking had to join group-based running clinics.
It was a 10-week long programme. In the end, nearly 50 per cent of the people who had completed the programme could successfully quit smoking and almost 91 per cent of them reduced 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 Carly Priebe, who led the research.
The details of this study were mentioned in the journal, Mental Health and Physical Activity.
There were 168 participants who registered for 2016 Run to Quit programme. The results were verified by carbon-monoxide testing.
The weekly programme included classroom instructions and running programmes. In the classes, they were given instructions on running and how to give up smoking, which was followed by a five-kilometre run.
There was a national quit-smoking line which provided phone counselling to the participants. This programme also improved their mental health and recorded a reduction of nearly one-third in their average carbon monoxide level.
"But it's also about just being active. Most of the participants were new to running, and if it's something that can become part of their lifestyle, then there are health benefits that may counteract some of their smoking behaviours," mentioned Priebe.
With Inputs From IANS