A Healthy Lifestyle

Blog Post created by dr_hurt on Sep 18, 2009
Stopping smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. While you are going through the process of finding new coping skills, focusing on positive thoughts and managing life without tobacco, you should also consider other healthy choices such as eating well and increasing your physical activity. This is an opportunity to look at various aspects of your life, and see where you can make little changes to make you feel better about yourself. Some people say that finding other healthy behaviors helped them stay smoke-free. Here are some small tips that you may find helpful.
- Get plenty of sleep
- Add just a few minutes of stretching or a 10-minute walk to your daily routine
- Reach for a crisp apple or fresh celery for a snack
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day
- Reduce your caffeine intake

All of these things will make you feel better, live healthier and enjoy a better quality of life. Visit our community page to share and learn other tips from our members. Keep up the good work!

Dr. Richard D. Hurt is an internationally recognized expert on tobacco dependence. A native of Murray, Kentucky, he joined Mayo Clinic in 1976 and is now a Professor of Medicine at its College of Medicine. In 1988, he founded the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center and since then its staff has treated over 33,000 patients for tobacco dependence. Send your questions directly to Dr. Hurt at AskTheExpert@becomeanex.org