Time and again, you’ve heard that heavy boozing is not good for your health – And you have been wondering if taking alcohol will negate the gains of your work out. Well, it does. Alcohol and Working out don’t mix.
To remain competitive, athletes need energy. Just a few beers and you stand to lose that athletic vigor. Since alcohol is not a nutrient, it can’t be stored in the muscles as energy. Rather, it is stored as fat. The effect of alcohol on the liver is undesirable. It can lead to a shortage of oxygen interfering with the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate synthesis) – A direct source of energy for the muscles.
Alcohol should also be avoided for its interference with the metabolism of carbohydrates that helps in energy production. According to studies, the intake of alcohol prior to a workout can hinder the circulation of glucose needed by the body for energy. So avoid the temptation to sip on gin and juice before a workout. Booze causes the pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes within itself instead of sending them to the intestine to break down nutrients sufficiently. This can culminate in an inflammation of the pancreas and stop the transportation of important nutrients including folic acid, zinc, and thiamine to the bloodstream. No wonder it isn’t ideal to work out while dehydrated – and well – you guessed it right – alcohol causes dehydration. This will prolong muscle recovery (as a result of reduced blood flow to the muscles) while increasing vulnerability to heart-related complications like heat stroke.
Another shocker? Alcohol can negate all the investment in the gym. Even though studies involving humans have been hard to conduct, alcohol has been found to reduce the production of proteins in rats serving to prevent muscle growth by hindering the repair of damaged muscle tissues. Chugging booze may also reduce the human growth hormone (HGH) levels. HGH helps the body in building muscle. Your favorite cocktail may even interfere with the digestion and absorption of protein.
Studies recommend skipping drinks before a workout. Alcohol can remain in your blood for up to 24 hours or even more – So keep off brewskies at least a day to a big game. As for intoxication during exercising, evidently, it’s a no-brainer. Alcohol impairs your coordination and judgment making it a dangerous and challenging task to participate in a competition or even complete a rep. Binge-drinking in celebration of a win in a game is on its part a big sacrifice to the quality of your muscle recovery.
While some may argue that alcohol is good for pain relief after working out, you may instead want to consider appropriate medication in such a case. With you will not have to visit a pharmacy to get the effective painkiller. The benefit of prescription drugs is that they do not necessarily interfere with some of the crucial body processes ensuring little to no adverse outcomes on your health – You get to draw the optimum benefits from your work out regime.