No to Alcohol After Exercise

No to Alcohol After Exercise

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You worked to exhaustion at the gym and you figured, you deserved a little treat for your effort. Whatever it is you plan indulging on after a workout, make sure it’s not alcoholic! Why not, you ask? Well, alcohol after a work-out can actually affect your muscle’s ability to recover from the strain!
There are other detrimental factors to consider when you mix alcohol with exercise.
Dehydration
When you’re pumping iron, you naturally sweat. This is water being expelled from your body. Simple logic would suggest that ingesting liquid will replenish the water you lost—but not all liquids are created the same. Alcohol can actually cause dehydration because it’s diuretic. It actually sucks water out of your body, not replenish it!
Muscle Loss
Alcohol inhibits the body’s ability to produce testosterone. You need testosterone to build muscle mass and help it recover when you’ve strained it with your work out. As alcohol also doesn’t help hydrate the body, you can end up with muscle loss.
Belly Fat
No amount of working out will rid you of your beer gut if you keep drinking beer after your workout. Alcoholic drinks are empty calories. This means, they don’t provide nutritional value and yet you retain them in your body—most prominently in your belly.
Alcohol as Toxin
As alcohol acts as a toxin for the body, your systems encourage the use of your stored energy to burn it off. This results into muscle soreness and a general negative impact to your recovery after a workout. This means, you won’t be able to work out at the same intensity the next day making it more difficult to burn off your beer belly.
Cool down with something else other than cold beer on a frosted mug. Down your favorite energy drink or even just enjoy glass after glass of cold water. Not only are these healthier alternatives to alcohol, they’re just as refreshing—if not more so!

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