It's no secret that smoking is bad for you. It's also no secret that smoking puts a hindrance on your athletic ability and overall health. Many people only think smoking is bad in physical terms. When someone tries running, they can potentially have shortness of breath throughout the duration of their run. This makes them have to stop frequently to catch their breath and wheeze. Therefore, it truly affects the whole run in a negative way. What a lot of people fail to realize is that smoking can also have a whole slew of other effects on running. So while a person may think that they remain in good physical shape despite smoking, they might not realize that the cigarettes are still taking a toll on their body and health.
When a person constantly smokes, they can become lethargic. Overall, cigarettes just make them feel lazier and less ambitious to do other things. A lot of times, they'll spend their days thinking of when their next cigarette will be and planning their day around that. They lose the will-power to run because that's just not something that seems as important to them anymore. This is because cigarettes taking a psychological hold on people. The nicotine cravings can get so strong that they become all a person tends to think about. That's why it's important to break that as soon as possible.
There are two types of people. Some are the type who smoke cigarettes and simply feel that they won't be able to endure a run. They already set themselves up for failure before they even begin. That's because smokers tend to think of all of the problems they'll experience due to cigarettes. They will think they can't run because they envision themselves being out of breath so quickly. They will also dwell on the fact that they can't be both a smoker and a runner. On the opposite end, there are those who are in denial. It's the people who refuse to admit that there are any problems associated with smoking and running.
Many smokers tend to say that running as a smoker feels like someone is sitting on your chest. This feeling makes it hard to run and hard to breathe. Runner's World recently released an article in which they talked to a physician who said it's likely that a person's race times would improve if they quit smoking. Every time a person inhales cigarette smoke, a few red cells are taken out of the oxygen transport system. That's what makes runners have a hard time catching their breath. This also means that other muscles have to work harder to make up for that lack of red cells. Therefore, a person's whole run is affected poorly when a person smokes cigarettes.
The LA Times brought up a valid question that many were wondering. If someone smokes and runs are they a healthier smoker or an unhealthy athlete? There is actually no definitive answer and a lot of it comes down to how much the person is actually smoking. Overall, picking up that cigarette will impair a person's lungs. That will affect their overall run. This is because each time someone smokes, it increases tissue inflammation. This allows less oxygen to flow to the body and it makes it hard for a person to catch their breath while running. One doctor who specializes in sports medicine said that a person's marathon times will absolutely improve if they put down the cigarettes.
Overall, smoking and running are two things that shouldn't go together. There are still a few marathon runners out there who do both, but it's much easier if they are not combined. Running is so much more enjoyable and healthier when it's not accompanied by a cigarette before or after. When a runner quits smoking, they will see a noticeable difference. Even doing some research on the best vape pens for runners could be a start to the journey of quitting. Sometimes, during running and smoking, people will deny that there are any problems. But, once they cut the cigarettes, they will realize that there were, in fact, problems. These problems tend to accumulate over time and each time a person picks up a cigarette. By saying no, these adverse health effects can start to reverse. After even a small amount of time, a person will start to feel healthier and breathe a little easier.
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