As part of my month of raising awareness for Heart Research UK, I will be publishing some healthy heart tips from their website each week.
This is so that you are provided with the necessary tools to change your lifestyle in order to live a ‘heart -healthy lifestyle’.
Tip No.1 – Stop Smoking
This one is quite obvious, but giving up Smoking can benefit all areas of your life, including heart health.
Cigarettes contain all sorts of nasty and harmful chemicals, which, amongst other things, can affect the oxygen levels in your blood, meaning that your heart has to work harder.
‘I only smoke a few cigarettes a day’ I hear some of you saying, but just 5 cigarettes a day can double your chance of having a heart attack and not only that it will also make recovery from such a life event less likely than if you didn’t smoke at all.
The Heart Research UK website has a list of tips that you can access, to help you give up smoking. Here are just a few:
- Get the support from your friends and family, make them aware of what you are trying to achieve and why. They may even offer to join you if they are a smoker too.
- Stay positive. This can be hard when you are experiencing physical and emotional symptoms of giving up, but remember these are a sign that you are doing well and that you should keep going.
- Treat yourself. Put aside the money that you would normally spend on cigarettes and use this to treat yourself to something nice, whatever that may be!
If you would like further help or advice on giving up smoking then check out the Heart Research UK website. You can also visit the NHS Smoke Free website which has expert support and advice on stopping smoking.
If you do decide to quit smoking, then let me know in the comments below how you get on!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, this is just my little way of making a difference to all those lovely hearts out there!