Drinking alcohol after a strenuous workout can deter your body’s ability to repair the muscles. Researchers in New Zealand found that even drinking a moderate amount of alcohol and not being hung over the next day can zap your strength.
How can you counter act the effects of alcohol:
- Drink a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage
- Take in some carbohydrates while or after you drink
*NOTE: If you are trying to lose weight, taking in carbohydrates during or after consuming high calorie alcohol can add weight to the scale!
If you are consuming more calories 2 hours after a workout through alcohol consumption and not ‘functional calories’ like nutrient dense foods, then you are setting yourself up for a bad workout the next day and maybe even a few days there-after.
When you drink in excess, you lose motor skills; you stumble, you fumble you fall. So, what do you think is happening to your body’s cells that are responsible for repairing damaged muscle from a workout? They too are impaired, therefore functioning improperly.
If you plan on going out for some drinks, be sure to eat enough food within two hours post workout to ensure your body has the nutrients to repair itself.