The annual NHS campaign to help people to stop smoking is underway – Stoptober is here and tens of thousands of people across the nation are trying to kick the habit! Smokers are taking on the challenge to ditch the tobacco for 28 days, with a view to quitting for good. The NHS asserts that cutting out cigarettes for four weeks gives you a five times better chance of stopping smoking entirely.
If you are a smoker considering giving up, there’s no better time to give it a go. With the collective support of so many others across the country attempting the fume-free feat, morale is at an all-time high. There is puff-busting power in numbers and all fellow tobacco abdicators will hail your allegiance to the cause.
The motivation from the campaign itself is, of course, inspiring – however, in order to succeed in your mission you are likely to need help in other forms too. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and smokers everywhere are employing all the medical, psychological and over-the-counter means at their disposal to give them the strength needed to beat this tenacious beast.
Quitting smoking takes determination and discipline too. It is about altering your standard routine, substituting one ritual for another. So why not double up on your health aspirations this Stoptober and as well as striving to quit smoking, aim to improve your overall health and wellbeing at the same time. Rid yourself of the toxic tendencies and replace them with healthy practices.
Keeping active will firstly help you to keep busy, thus steering your attention away from the urge to smoke and focusing instead on a positive pursuit. On top of this, exercising will help you to relax, releasing some of that pent-up stress that you may usually combat by sparking up a cigarette. Getting outdoors and indulging in some alfresco fitness will be a breath of fresh air, in more ways than one!
Here at Caloo, we are in full support of the Stoptober campaign. As one of the UK’s leading outdoor gym and fitness equipment retailers, we are committed to the health of the nation. We install high quality open-air exercise apparatus and are dedicated to providing increased access to fitness equipment for more people across the country.
An open-air workout has a whole range of benefits. You can meet friends and socialise while exercising, as well as soaking up some brain and body enhancing vitamin D, all in a stimulating natural environment. So what are you waiting for? Stamp out the cigarettes and step outside this Stoptober for a dual fitness blast!