Countless medical journals have documented the adverse health effects of smoking. Smoking is really harmful to the body, but the effects will be more pronounced when smoking after exercising. According to livestrong, there are some adverse health effects that may occur when smoking after exercise.
Smoking after exercise puts a great strain on the heart. Like other organs and muscles, heart is also needs oxygen to function properly. However, cigarette smoke depletes the body’s oxygen, replacing it with carbon dioxide (CO2). As a result, the heart must pump harder to supply oxygen through the body. When the heart works harder, blood pressure increases.
Smoking can narrow the airways in the lungs, making oxygen difficult to pass by. After exercise, the body requires lots of oxygen to recover, which is why your breathing quickens and your heart beat spikes. But smoking disrupts everything, narrowing airways and reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood.
Smoking after exercise introduces high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) into the bloodstream. This gas can have serious effects on brain function, such as impairing visual performance, disrupting motor skills and even inhibiting cognitive function. After exercise, you may feel exhausted and confused, so smoking only increases the chance of lightheadedness and other unwanted effects.
Since smoking after exercise may reduce the oxygen levels and taxing the heart and lung, so it leads to fatigue. The post-exercise fatigue can be debilitating, smokers may find it difficult to do regular exercise, which is lead to less exercise and a drop in overall health.