Given Up What Next

You’ve stopped smoking…

But what now ?

Congratulations – you’ve stopped smoking, now your body has started to recover from the damage smoking has caused.

There are a number of different things you can do to help you stay smoke free – for example change your routine, start new hobbies or interests – or start taking regular exercise.

Health Walks
Change 4 Life
Information on getting more active – find out what is going on in your area.

Healthy Eating
Find out more about how to maintain a healthy diet or our Healthy Choices programme.

Alcohol – what colour are you ?
Is your drinking putting your health at risk ? – find out.

Health Walks
Exercise doesn’t mean having to go to the gym every night, simply having 30 minutes a day five times a week can have a number of positive effects.

Here are just a few:

Keeps your heart strong
Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease
Makes you feel good
Opportunities to enjoy the countryside
Helps you sleep better
Reduces stress
Helps with weight control
Improves the strength and flexibility of bones and muscles
Walking is an ideal form of exercise – it’s free, easy to access, safe, you only need a pair of comfortable shoes and almost anyone can do it.

Across Dorset there are a number of groups who run ‘Health Walks’ – these are no different to any other walk, it is just that they are designed to be the first step in becoming more active. The walks are short and take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. They are graded so you know how hard they are. They are normally over even ground and can be fitted into a daily routine easily.

For more information or to find details of your local group visit or click the logo below.

walking the way to health

Brisk walking should make you feel a bit warmer, breathe a little faster and make your heart beat faster; you should still be able to talk. If you find you are getting out of breath, slow down. If you feel dizzy, breathless or in pain then you should consult your doctor before continuing with a walking programme.