The Effects of Smoking on CrossFit
The Effects of Smoking on CrossFit
Crossfitters are known to be very fit individuals. They have been able to achieve their fitness goals through hard work and dedication. However, there is another side to this story; one which involves smoking and other drugs. While it may seem like a good idea for some people, others might not see the benefit of doing so due to health concerns or just plain laziness.
I am sure you all have heard of the dangers associated with smoking. You probably even knew someone who did it. What many don’t realize is that smoking is linked to lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and other diseases. If you think these things aren’t bad enough, then consider the fact that they’re also addictive!
That’s right; if you start smoking now, chances are you’ll continue doing so into your old age!
While I’m sure you’ve heard of the negative effects of smoking, what most people don’t know is that it’s not only dangerous when done in moderation, but it can actually cause problems if not stopped immediately. There are several reasons why quitting smoking is so difficult for many people. First off, many smokers tend to smoke because they enjoy the taste and smell of the stuff. If they’re used to the flavor, they’ll most likely not have any interest in quitting.
Second of all, smoking is often linked with a sense of comfort and relaxation. Even non-smokers can understand this; just look at how TV commercials for certain brands show people smoking when they’re happy. Most smokers who try to quit get cravings that they find hard to resist.
It doesn’t just end there. Once you start smoking, it’s not just your lungs that will suffer; you’re also putting yourself at risk of heart attack and stroke. What’s even worse is that all these consequences don’t show up until several years later.
But you know all this already; what you might not know is that many Crossfit enthusiasts are also smokers. One survey has shown that a staggering 32% of Crossfitters smoke. What’s worse is that a lot of them started smoking after taking up Crossfit! This is madness!
If you’re a Crossfitter who smokes, then now is the time to stop. If you’ve been thinking about starting, then put that cigarette out right now and walk away.
The goal of any fitness program should be to help you live a longer, healthier life. There’s no reason to shortchange yourself just because you enjoy smoking. The risks are great and the benefits are few. On the other hand, if you’re a non-smoker who wants to start, better think again!
In today’s world, there is no reason for anyone to smoke. It’s not only expensive, but its overall impact on your fitness can’t be good.
Crossfitters are known to take fitness seriously. Smoking isn’t just expensive, it can also have a negative impact on your health. If you’re a Crossfitter who smokes then you’re harming yourself even if you’re eating right and training hard.
So do yourself a favor and kick the habit before it’s too late. There are plenty of non-smoking Crossfitters who live healthy lifestyles. You can be one of them.
Note: If you ARE a Crossfitter who is serious about kicking the habit, feel free to contact me. I’ve quit once before and I can offer some advice on dealing with cravings and keeping yourself focused.
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