Is smoking sometimes gonna mess up my growth of muscle. what do you guys that smoke think about that, or any opinion. i know its bad but it's a must sometimes on my off days. not a chain smoker
I'm not going to sit here and try to list all the dangers of smoking, they are well known and I'm sure you're aware. I don't think it affects muscle growth directly, but it will affect your cardiovascular health which could in turn hinder your training. I would seriously find another way to relax or unwind, if that's what why you occasionally smoke.
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Either quit all together or switch to dip. Many lifters (and athletes for that matter) chew or dip tobacco. At least this way you're getting your addictive drug without damaging your lungs/heart by way of smoke.
bigeddy what do you want us to tell you?
Smoking is the single dumbest thing you can do in your life. Everyone knows how bad it is, it's expensive and it kills you. Who even cares about its effects on your muscles. Here's a thought: did it ever occur to you that your heart is a muscle? Smoking is a leading cause of heart disease, so yes, it's bad for you muscles.
Just because you aren't a chain smoker does not mean you will not become one. I started smoking socially, and was addicted after about 6 months. It took me another 4-5 months to realize how addicted I'd become, then another 2 months to convince myself to quit. DO NOT SMOKE.
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I know a ton of active kids (especially hockey players) who dipped in highschool because they thought as long as their lungs aren't being damaged it was okay. Plus they liked the buzz it gave them during practices.
I say it's not really a big deal. It doesn't sound like you're a heavy smoker and there's definitely worse things out there that can kill you.
Also I work for a heart foundation doing cardiology research full time, and just listened to a lecture about the effects of nicotine on your peripheral vascular system.
Don't answer questions if you have no idea what you are talking about.
anyhow, to Bigeddy, its not that hard to quit. Just quit. chew gum, and suck on mints. Altoids helped me...i just grabbed one when i'd normally have a cigarette to help break the 'habit' of smoking.
only takes about 7 days to get over the nicotine addiction from a physiological standpoint. after that its just breaking the mind's habit of smoking.
You can do it and you will feel better.
Vape weed instead
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I smoked for 3 years and I decided to quit smoking after I started getting really serious with lifting. I then started dipping and haven't smoked since. I think it will be easier to quit dipping than smoking, but it's going to be tough. I don't want to quit dipping because I think it will help my lifting, but so my teeth don't fall out any time soon.
Also, quitting isn't something that is going to go away in a week. When you use nicotine it builds sensors that are in your nervous system that are stimulated by the nicotine. Once these sensors develope from the nicotine you will have them for life and you will always crave nicotine; just not as bad as the physical withdrawl symptoms first after quiting.
After quiting smoking I realized that I had more breath during my workouts and I didn't smell like a shameful smoker while in the gym. Even after being a smoker I still don't realize why people do it and it makes my stomach turn when I think about smoking again. Don't take smoking as a game or joyful passtime. It sucks...
Smoking is BAD! I know, because I smoke sometimes. Can't do much time on the treadmill then. I have actually thought it doesn't harm your training in any way... well WRONG. Bad breathing - Worse training - LOST MUSCLE!!
Sorry man. U wanna perform to the MAX in the gym, u gotta get rid of those suckers (cigarettes)! Uhm, that counts for me as well...
My lifting was boosted tremendously by quitting smoking. Knowing how much of an impact it has on my lifting has helped me stay cigarette free. Life itself just feels better when you are a non-smoker.
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