Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength.
Research at the University of Nottingham has just given people another reason to quit smoking, by finding that smokers lose more muscle than non smokers!!
Research shows that smokers who take up a regular exercise programme have a much higher success rate. The higher the level of activity, the higher the success rate. Smoking and exercise simply aren’t compatible. A Gallup Poll found that smokers who exercised were twice as likely to quit smoking versus smokers who did not exercise.
Smoking also deprives your body of vitamins.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that everyone needs to stay healthy,
but smokers have a special need for this compound.
Unlike an average non-smoker, smokers need three times more Vitamin C due to the fact that smoking depletes the body of ascorbic acid.
Having enough Vitamin C means more oxygen in your blood stream because it helps your body absorb iron.
The hardening of arteries, called atherosclerosis, is caused by smoke inhalation and Vitamin C counteracts this.
Rachel Porter-Fitness Professional@Rainham
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