How smoking affects your fitness

Smoking restricts oxygen-rich blood from reaching your heart and lungs, which is essential during exercise. Smoking creates carbon monoxide in your blood, which restricts your body from transporting oxygen to these essential organs. Carbon monoxide stiffens your arteries after exercise which increases your chances of a stroke or heart attack.

As a smoker, you will have shortness of breath during exercise and you will have less muscle strength and flexibility. This will restrict your fitness levels and create irregular sleeping patterns.

Your body starts to recover from the effects of smoking almost immediately once you have quit.

Quitting before 35 will increase your life expectancy to someone who has never smoked, and the damage of smoking starts to reverse in your body. Once you have quit smoking, your body will immediately produce more oxygen, which will assist in improving your fitness levels and improve your breathing during exercise.

Social smoking or having the “odd” cigarette now and then will continue to create carbon monoxide in your body and your fitness levels will not improve.In order to build your lung capacity once you have quit, you will need to do cardiovascular training. Swimming, cycling or running are all excellent forms of cardiovascular exercise. Aim to start off slowly including short sprints with longer recovery periods until you feel you can increase the sprints and shorten the recovery. Cardiovascular exercise of 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week is recommended.

Following a good exercise and eating plan will help you reduce weight gain, assist in getting rid of the toxins in your body that smoking has created, and after 3 months your lung function will have returned to normal, and after 1 year your risk of heart disease will have halved.

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