You might think of drinking as a treat, especially when you exercise regularly, but is it good for you?
Truth be told, it could be clawing apart those hard earned fitness goals.
Some studies say that alcohol improves your health and others state that it can have serious repercussions on your body.
If we consider ourselves to be reasonably healthy individuals by eating right and exercising regularly, alcohol can be easy to justify. When you enjoy having a glass of wine before a meal or late night drinks after work, it can all start to add up.
Here are a few things you might want to consider.
The Calorie Load
Although we're certainly not one to count calories around here, it can't go without saying that many alcoholic beverages are high in sugar, which means they contain a lot of calories, especially if you are mixing it with sodas or energy drinks. Even a couple glasses of wine can give you a sugar overload. So if you're looking at prioritising calories, would your body prefer a healthy dose of yummy protein, fats and carbs or... alcohol?
Workouts Are Harder
If you are in the middle of your gym routine and you feel like you’re lacking your usual strength and feline grace, it’s probably because alcohol is slowing you down. Your liver will be working harder to get rid of the toxic by-products of alcohol, so it won't be able to focus on clearing out the lactic acid you produce when you exercise.
Reduced Muscle Growth
Alcohol impairs the process of protein synthesis, which can interfere with your ability to grow and maintain muscle. It can also drop testosterone levels while increasing cortisol, a hormone that destroys muscle. So if you love doing weights at the gym, you might not see results as fast as you would like.
If you are consistently finding it difficult to recover from your work outs, it could be a result from your binge nights. Too much alcohol can interfere with how your body absorbs nutrients like D vitamins (associated with strengthening the bones), vitamin A (a powerful antioxidant that helps the body recover from exercise), and vitamin C (which assists with wound healing and cell maintenance).
The good news is that there’s plenty you can do to get your mind and body back on track – and getting back in balance is easier than you think!
Consider an alcohol breakup
Don’t freak out, you can still be friends, but health experts believe a month off drinking can:
- Improve your shut eye
- Clear your skin
- Lose Weight
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Improve concentration
- Help the liver recover.
Don't get us wrong. We love a good social drink and have a thing for champagne. But it can't hurt to learn about how alcohol could be slowing down your fitness goals, so you can make the choice to reduce, stop completely, take some time off, or... keep going. We know you got this!
If you're looking for a little extra support in your health and wellness journey, reach out to us! We'd love to chat to you about your fitness goals.