THE CONQEUENCES OF SMOKING FOR A RUNNER
The lungs, heart and other muscles of people who smoke and run at the same time suffer serious consequences! Since 2002, the French commission for health education ("CFES") has been alerting the general public to the following issues:
- Carbon monoxide, inhaled when smoking, can cause hypoxia, i.e. a lack of oxygen.
- Nicotine causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure (even at rest), and as a consequence, the heart consumes more oxygen.
- This gives rise to an increased risk of heart attacks for sportsmen or women who smoke beyond the age of 40 and who engage in intense exercise.
Regarding muscles, the CFES states: "The muscles, like the lungs and heart, need oxygen-rich blood in order to function efficiently. However, smoking causes peripheral vasoconstriction, which leads to less oxygen reaching the muscles."
Moreover, nicotine increases the production of lactic acid.