I’m a bit obsessed with studies done about walking. That’s because they usually support my un-researched position that walking is the most awesome thing ever. A good one recently came out of Finland that wasn’t really focused on walking, however it proved to be a fabulous thing AND adds to the lengthy list of reasons why everyone should walk.
Published August 2016 in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study took more than 20,000 smokers and ex-smokers and looked at how far they have to walk to pick up a pack of cigarettes. They found that the farther smokers had to walk to buy cigarettes, the more likely they would quit. In fact, a distance of about 1/3 of a mile between home and store was associated with a 57 percent increased chance of a smoker calling it quits. For ex-smokers, distance to a smoke shop didn’t affect whether they relapsed or not.
I’ve read that if you are dieting and are craving something not-so-healthy, you should take a walk to distract your mind from the forbidden food in the fridge. This study though seems to have more of a hassle factor involved – is it worth walking all the way to the store for my cigarettes? I don’t recommend taking up smoking as an excuse to walk, but can appreciate that the Finnish smokers were walking their errands versus driving.
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