Why do we need to avoid stimulants

Stimulants make us feel good, hence we get hooked on to them. But here is how they affect us
1. Caffeine- has its advantages and disadvantages. Your body needs energy during a workout. If have a cup of coffee before your workout, it slows down the glycogen burning process. Thereby, the body turns to fat for energy. This leads to a better fat burning workout but you may not necessarily get enough energy for an intense one. Caffeine interferes with your sleep, leading to poor recovery after a workout

2. Alcohol- affects your hydration, leading to slower muscle and brain function. It affects your cardiovascular system and reduces energy levels

3. Smoking- Nicotine stimulates the stress hormone- Cortisol. This leads to poor nutrient absorbtion and protein synthesis. Immunity drops making you prone to sickness. Lungs are harmed causing poor oxygen absorbtion, leading to a poor workout