Washington: Teenagers who increased the days on which they got just 20 minutes of exercise, equivalent to a short walk, were able to cut down on their smoking habit, according to a study.It also found teenage smokers were more likely to quit altogether if they participated in a smoking cessation/fitness program-and they ramped up the days on which they got at least 30 minutes of physical activity."This study adds to evidence suggesting that exercise can help teenagers who are trying to quit smoking," said lead author Kimberly Horn, EdD, the Associate Dean for Research at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS)."Teens who boosted the number of days on which they engaged in at least 20 minutes of exercise, equivalent to a short walk, were more likely than their peers to resist lighting up a cigarette," the researcher stated.
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