How does smoking a cigarette affect me after a workout at the gym?

I know there are negative effects from smoking, ya, but are there any inherent traits of cigarette smoke that will affect results from lifting weights?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well, we know that nicotine is terrible for circulation (it narrows blood vessels and damages blood cells) and smoking is terrible for respiration (damages the lungs and makes it harder to get oxygen out of the air you breathe). Together this puts strain on all your muscles which needs both systems to bring healthy oxygen rich blood to your muscular system in order to repair it (and, of course, grow muscle) and keep it healthy. Therefore, logic dictates that if you smoke it is harder for a smoker's body to maintain a healthy muscular system, compared with a nonsmoker. Not to mention you're putting an enormous strain on your most important muscle, your heart. If you are looking for more info on smoking's effects on the body as well as the most effective way to quit and stay quit, click the link below. It is the site I used to quit. Good luck.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    this is interesting because i myself am a smoker....Nicotine is a drug. People don't realize that it is that harmful but it is. It is addictive like many drugs and gets absorbed into the bloodstream. Seven to eight seconds later the brain can feel the reaction. It has been noticed that nicotine may sometimes alter a person's personality depending on how long they have been smoking, the amount of puffs inhaled, and how deeply they were inhaled.

    Dangerous Side Affects:

    Increase in heart rate

    Increase in hormone production

    Increase in blood pressure

    Constriction of small blood vessels on skin

    Changes in blood composition

    Changes in metabolism

  • 1 decade ago

    It probably won't affect you that much as far as what you did lifting weights, but if you smoke pretty often you will not have the energy to work out.

  • Kelley
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    If you didn't have any withdrawal symptoms to deal with when you quit before? perhaps you won't have any if you resume using tobacco . . . other than that? Haven't a clue how it may impact you - all folks are quite different . . .

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  • 1 decade ago

    One of the many side effects. Is that it restricts the blood vessels, and not only pollutes the body. You can either smoke or try to get into shape. Not both.

  • 1 decade ago

    lifting weights is an anerobic exercise that helps build muscles,,,i do not know of any inherent traits in "a" cigarrete smoke that will affect your muscle ,,but addiction to smoking ...the results are history.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well, smoking cigarettes increases the amount of carbon monoxide and reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood - is that good for weight lifting?

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