Alcohol and exercise are never a good combination. Whether it be a post-workout treat, or exercising while hungover, drinking has many adverse affects on your fitness that should be avoided. After a hard workout, it is natural to want an icy-cold beverage. But stand clear of the booze. The way your body reacts to alcohol is completely sabotaging your fitness goals.
A recent study at Northwestern Medicine found that on the days when people exercise more, they tend to drink more alcohol too. Lead author of the study, David D. Conroy found this information concerning, and thinks we need to figure out a way to continue being physically active without these adverse effects.
So to further the discussion, we talked to experts in the field on how alcohol really does affect your body and your exercise. Lori Kenyon-Farley, Certified Nutritional Consultant and Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND. Both agreed that drinking before or after a workout is highly unadvised. And even working out the next day during a hangover can be very dangerous. “Save the drinking for weekends and special occasions,” advises Lori Kenyon-Farley. "And even then, enjoy in moderation.”
It affects your metabolism.
Your workout will not be effective if your metabolism is not working properly. Lori Kenyon-Farley, Certified Nutritional Consultant explains, “Alcohol can also affect hormone levels, affecting the way calories are metabolized, causing your body to store the extra calories.”
It disrupts your recovery.
Alcohol depletes minerals that are important to the recovery process. “It encourages yeast overgrowth which has a whole spectrum of symptoms. It depletes the body of vital minerals such as magnesium, which is an important electrolyte for muscle recovery and muscle health for those exercising and seeking fitness,” explains Dr. Carolyn Dean.