Smokers lack motivation, feel more tired and are less physically active than non-smokers, new study reveals
While the results of smoking may be expected to decrease fitness, new research, published in Respirology, has found that smokers are less physically active, lack motivation and are more likely to suffer symptoms of anxiety and depression.
60 smokers and 50 non-smokers were asked to wear a pedometer for a minimum of 12 hours per day, over 6 days. The results showed that smokers walked less on a daily basis. When their capacity to take long breaths was tested, their lung function was found to be reduced and this impacted their ability to exercise.
When smokers were asked to rate their own health-related quality of life they reported feeling more tired, and lacked the motivation to change their inactive behavior.
“To our knowledge, this is the first study that has demonstrated a reduction in the objectively measured level of physical activity in daily life of adult smokers compared with non-smokers,” said Dr. Furlanetto. “Besides presenting poorer lung function, exercise capacity, quality of life and symptoms of anxiety and depression, smokers also walked less than non-smokers in daily life.”
Reduction of physical activity in daily life and its determinants in smokers without airflow obstruction, Authors: Karina Couto Furlanetto, Leandro Cruz Mantoani, Gianna Bisca, Andrea Akemi Morita, Juliana Zabatiero, Mahara Proença, Demétria Kovelis, Fabio Pitta, Respirology – DOI: 10.1111/resp.12236