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Stop smoking: quit making excuses

If you're a smoker, you probably have loads of excuses you use to delay quitting. But are they really justified? Here are seven common excuses and how to overcome them. Excuse 1: 'the damage is done' You might feel that because you smoke, you've already increased your chance…

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. But it's also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing: it can improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Smoking, anxiety and mood Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because…

Strength and Flex exercise plan

Use the panel above to download the Strength and Flex exercise plan to any mobile device. The five-week plan consists of a series of equipment-free exercises designed to improve your strength and flexibility. The workout instructions and pace are easy to follow to ensure you perform…

Strength and Flex exercise plan: week by week

A week-by-week breakdown with links to video clips of the five-week Strength and Flex exercise plan for beginners. Do each podcast at least three times within a week before moving on to the next podcast. Once you've finished the programme, you can keep using podcast…

Strength exercises

Strength exercises like these can be done at home to improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you've not done much for a while - these strength exercises are gentle and easy to follow. For the chair-based exercises, choose a solid, stable chair that doesn't have wheels. You…

Student mental health

Mental health problems are as common among students as they are in the general population. But it's not just students who have a diagnosed mental health condition that can benefit from counselling. Alan Percy, head of counselling at the University of Oxford, says: "A lot of difficulties are not…

Student sex

For many students, living away from home for the first time can provide more opportunity than ever before for having sex. It's important you don't feel pressured into having sex and, if you do want to, you practise safer sex.  The organisation Student Beans conducted the Students and Sex 2012…

Student stress: self-help tips

Starting university can be a stressful experience. How you cope with the stress is the key to whether or not it develops into a health problem. Stress is a natural feeling, designed to help you cope in challenging situations. In small amounts it's good, because it pushes you to work hard and…

Students: smoking, alcohol and drugs

Studies show that students are more likely to drink, smoke and take drugs than the general population. Peer pressure, cheap student bars and the freedom of living away from home all contribute to the choices students make. Be aware of the dangers associated with smoking, drinking…

Summer feet tips

Use these 10 summer footcare tips from the College of Podiatry to get your feet in shape for summer. 1. Trim your toenails for summer Use proper nail clippers and cut straight across - not too short, and not down at the corners, as this can lead to ingrown nails. File…
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