Most of us can appreciate why we treat ourselves to a couple of alcoholic drinks here and there… but have you ever thought about the impact of Alcohol and Sport? The most important thing to consider is BALANCE. If you do drink alcohol, a healthy exercise regime will help to offset some of the negative impacts of drinking. But don’t drink and exercise together!
Have you ever headed straight to the pub after a sports match or an intense training session?
Ever done a workout to try and conquer that Sunday morning hangover?
Could you actually be sabotaging your work out?
DRINKING POST-WORKOUT/SPORTS MATCH
Drinking alcohol after exercise can impact your post-workout recovery.
- Alcohol slows down the repair process of muscle damage.
- Strength and weight training stimulates increased testosterone levels, heavy drinking may lower testosterone levels, and impact the way in which the body uses this type of hormone.
- If you have a soft tissue injury, alcohol opens up the blood vessels and encourages swelling at the injury site.
- Drinking alcohol is also known to decrease sleep duration when consumed after exercise.
EXERCISING WITH A HANGOVER
Your performance will undoubtedly be reduced if you work out or play sports with alcohol still in your system… There are two main reasons for this:
- Dehydration: Alcohol is actually a diuretic that promotes fluid loss and contributes to dehydration
- Coordination may well be impacted: You are less likely to recognise your limits – for instance, if you’re lifting weights. This means you are much more likely to sustain an injury or strain something.
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BENEFITS OF GOING SOBER FOR ONE MONTH:
- Workouts will be less of a struggle
- Maintaining healthy eating habits will be easier
- Laziness subsides and you will feel more proactive
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