From finally quitting smoking to giving up nail-biting, there's no question that getting rid of bad habits once and for all is extraordinarily difficult. Maybe you successfully quit sugar for three weeks, and then a stressful conversation with your partner or manager sends you straight to a pint of ice cream. We've all been there.
But new research out of the University of British Columbia suggests a powerful tie between running and kicking bad habits. The study took a deep dive into data from a program called Run to Quit, which forms running groups in an attempt to help its members quit smoking for good.
In 2016, 168 smokers signed up. Less than half of them actually stuck with it, but of those who finished the program, 51 percent of them completely quit smoking, and 91 percent of them reduced their smoking amount. So, why did running work so well? Let's take a look.