Exercise to Reach Your Goals: Part 4

Goal #4

Stop Smoking

Have you tried to quit smoking and received no luck? Exercise! Physical activity can help you effectively manage nicotine withdrawal and prevent relapse. In addition, exercise will lower your risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic health diseases linked to a sedentary lifestyle. The next time you want to light up that cigarette, lace up your tennis shoes and hit the gym instead! You will feel better inside and out!

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Furlanetto, K.C., Mantoani, L.C., Bisca, G., Morita, A.A., Zabatiero, J., Proença, M., Kovelis, D., & Pitta, F. (2014). Reduction of physical activity in daily life and its determinants in smokers without airflow obstruction. Respirology, 19: 369–375. doi: 10.1111/resp.12236.

Penney, S. (2014). Exercise is key to achieving top new year’s resolutions. NASM Blog. http://blog.nasm.org/fitness/exercise-key-achieving-top-new-years-resolutions/ Accessed on December 25, 2014.

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