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Lifestyle Factors In this assignment I am going to describe four different lifestyle factors that can affect sports performance. I will also explain the effects of fitness and lifestyle factors on sports performance and evaluate the effects of lifestyle factors on sports performance, providing recommendations for change. Lifestyle factors is the way in which we conduct our everyday lives, it can have a significant effect on our overall fitness for sport. These are the four Lifestyle factors I will be discussing; * Alcohol Consumption * Smoking * Drugs * Sleeping Habits Alcohol Consumption Alcohol drinks contain a chemical called ethanol. Large quantities are severely dangerous, it affects co-ordination, judgements, balance, hearing and speech. It is known to make people aggressive, it lowers the level of glycogen in your muscles, and this means they can't work so long or so hard. Long term alcohol abuse leads to kidney and liver damage. Alcohol can be very addictive and is often hard to give up, George Best one of the worlds greatest footballers is a prime example for this. He had a liver transplant because of the amount of alcohol he would consume but couldn't give up and still abused his body with alcohol and unfortunately died. In my opinion if he didn't drink in his playing days, he would have been much more of a talent than he already was, he was forced to early retirement at the age of 28. ...read more.


The best way to give up smoking is to not even start; it's a disgusting habit that shortens you life dramatically. There are a lot of options you can choose when quitting smoking, websites and books provide a lot of information. Sugar free gum and candy in your mouth is a well tested substitute for a cigarette, pipe or cigar. It lacks the nicotine. Drugs Like smoking, drugs are very addictive, also extremely dangerous. Due to the addiction nature of the drugs, it is difficult to stop using them, Addiction includes; Anxiety, depression and low self - esteem. It all depends on the psychological nature of the person and the circumstances in which they are attempting to remain drug free. Prohibited substances may vary from sport to sport; it is the athlete's responsibility to know their sports anti - doping regulations. They should check all medications and substances with their doctor or governing body medical officer. When travelling abroad, they should check all substances and their ingredients may differ outside of the country. It is known that a lot of athletes fail drug tests; this is cheating in sport, this keeps happening so it's debatable to weather sport will ever be a fair game. Drug tests are very strict. Rio Ferdinand missed a drugs test because he was moving house so he was banned from football for 9 months. ...read more.


Taking a short amount of sleeping tablets would help you to sleep better, trying to get the same amount of sleep every night helps because you are then setting yourself a routine. In this assignment, I have described the four different major lifestyle factors that can affect sports performance; I have also explained the effects of fitness and lifestyle factors. I have also provided recommendation for change that people could consider if they are quitting. Personally I think that Drugs is the worst lifestyle factor you can have. This is because they are extremely addictive and dangerous. There is a wide choice of drugs all been very badly affective. They are life threatening. Smoking is also a very bad lifestyle factor as it is like drugs, very hard to give up. Like drugs also it is life threatening, it kills 120,000 people in the UK every year. Alcohol I feel is something that most humans will drink, some choose to drink for celebration and some choose to abuse it and drink every day. People seem to forget what sort of chemicals it contains when they are drinking it. It's a drink that physically takes control of your body leaving your life at risk in some situations. Sleep habits are different for different kinds of people. A lot of people get a massive amount of sleep because they have to, and a lot of people come in late and start early so will get lack of sleep. It is important that everyone gets at least 8 hours of sleep a night. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Camp ...read more.

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