Do not smoke

Do not smoke

Simple truth – smoking is bad for your health. So do not smoke.

It never ceases to amaze me, the client who comes in to the gym reeking of cigarette smoke. They have just slammed a cigy on the way into the gym to prepare for their session and can’t wait to finish the session so they can get outside and slam another one.

The chronic health risks of smoking are well documented: cancer of the lungs, mouth, nose, throat, oesophagus, pancreas, kidney, liver, bladder, bowel, ovary, cervix, bone marrow, and stomach; bronchitis; emphysema; heart attack and stroke; gangrene and amputation. However, death from smoking is not my point here. Do not smoke.

You have made the decision to improve your health and fitness. Maybe you want to be bigger, stronger, leaner or faster. So you join the gym and start a weight lifting program. But you don’t have to give up the darts right? Do not smoke.

Lifting weights places a high energy demand on the body. Energy, that is only converted from a good source of oxygen. Let’s consider that smoking affects your mouth, nose, throat and lungs – the very organs the body uses for the supply of oxygen. Do not smoke.

We need to watch what we eat when we exercise so we can reach our goals better. But, smoking also badly affects our stomach, kidney, liver and bowel that deliver nutrients to our body. Do not smoke.

Our blood is important to deliver oxygen and nutrients to our muscles to help them grow. You guessed it, smoking reduces blood circulation. Do not smoke.

The purpose of weight training is to stress our muscles to force them to adapt. Recovery is an important part of this process to allow the muscles to get bigger and stronger. While inhaling the chemical cocktail of cigarette smoke, the body has to deal with the stress of the poisons running around in our body, so recovery of our muscles is compromised. Do not smoke.

So the message here is: smoking damages your body and places it under stress to a degree that severely hampers your ability to achieve your weight lifting goals. So DO NOT SMOKE.

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