I have a good friend who is in fantastic shape. At least as far as you can see. He is 43 andworks out religiously. He has a job that allows him time for 3 hour workouts. And even at 43 he turns heads when he takes his shirt off. He easily does an hour on the elliptical or treadmill after his weight training.
He freely admits he works out so hard so that he can continue to smoke and drink. He drinks 4-8 beers every night, with few exceptions, and smokes 1/2 a pack a day.
He believes that his exercise regimen neutralizes the effects of his partying ways. In fact he was talking to his doctor and he said his doctor told him that if he is able to handle the beer and be functional, it is probably more valuable as a stress reliver than not having it.
In his defense i have to say he is a great provider for his family and his drinking and smoking NEVER interferes with his family or professional life. He is the same guy before and after drinks.
Anyway, I know this is not a diagnosis, and I am not asking for medical advice. I am just wondering about the validity of serious exercise countering the effects of drinking and smoking.
Personally I think he has tarred lungs and a liver that looks like a catcher’s mitt, but what do you guys think?