Is it healthy to go from the barre to bar? Read this from our friends at Self before you have that postgym cocktail.
Sure you need to hydrate after your workout| but some gyms and fitness events are offering more than water to clients. Having a drink?after exercise?is gaining popularity thanks to studios that are hosting post-class?wine parties| races that offer?vino lovers?special tastings?and?even obstacle course challenges| where a celebratory beer is often available at the finish line.
Not to be a total buzzkill| but the trend does raise the inevitable question: is it healthy to start drinking before your sweat even has a chance to dry??
As you probably figured| one drink is unlikely to have much of a negative impact| says Jakob Vingren| PhD| an associate professor of kinesiology and biology at the University of Texas who studies?the association between alcohol and exercise.?However| three or more could affect you and your workouts in unexpected ways. After cardio| alcohol could impact your body’s store of glycogen| the primary fuel for working out at higher intensities| causing you to feel fatigued faster?during your?next?workout. Drinking after resistance training could reduce protein synthesis| the process that’s needed for your muscles to rebuild and grow stronger| Dr. Vingren says. So you might be slightly sabotaging your strength-building and toning. (Although enjoying a high-protein recovery snack while drinking?might help a bit| found a study in the journal?PLoS One.)?
Swear you’ll only have a few sips? Everyone does. But people tend?to drink more than they planned on days that they exercise more than usual| found research by David E. Conroy| PhD| a professor in Preventive Medicine-Behavioral Medicine at Northwestern University.
The good news: having the occasional drink or two after a workout is an inarguably fun way to treat yourself after a grueling series of burpees| and it won’t do much harm¡ªunless?you’re training for a race or strength competition. In that case: save the bubbly until after your PR.
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