World No Tobacco Day is on May 31 and it is a great starting point to take the plunge and stop smoking.
Recent research shows around 21% of UK adults still smoke and health charity Heart Research UK is encouraging people to try and be tobacco free for just one day with this advice:
S– Stress less: take a brisk walk around the block, do a bit of housework or take up a new hobby for a bit of heart healthy stress relief to take your mind off reaching for a cigarette?
M – Money spinner: You’ll be amazed how much you actually spend on cigarettes – so instead why not spend your hard earned money to treat yourself or a loved one?
O – Others will benefit too: If parents smoke children are more likely to pick up the bad habit too. Think about the impact of your smoking on others, and even if you’re not quite ready to quit, going outside and having a smoke-free home and car will benefit the health of family and visitors who choose not to smoke.
K – Keep fit: Swap that nicotine fix for a hit of endorphins, mood-boosting hormones released when you exercise - be it Zumba, tennis, running, football or whatever you fancy. With cleaner lungs and easier breathing, use your excess energy to exercise and encourage a better night’s sleep.
E – Eat healthy: With more sensitive taste buds and sense of smell, try out new foods and cook yourself a healthy meal, packed with antioxidants.