Fitness: Will Alcohol Ruin Your Exercise?

Fitness: Will Alcohol Ruin Your Exercise?

Does alcohol ruin the benefits of a good workout? This is what you need to know.

A beer or two shouldn’t ruin your gains, however is it really worth it? When we drink alcohol, there are a few negative effects on the body that could impede your progress:

·        You urinate more frequently, thus leading to higher dehydration

·        The body’s ability to absorb important nutrients suffers

·        You’ll expel important minerals like calcium and magnesium at a higher rate

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If you’d still like to knock back a few but are worried about undoing any work you just got done in the gym, try to look for a drink that’s lighter in alcohol (ABV). Drinks with higher alcohol contents typically lead to sleep disruption and reduced efficiency of the body to synthesize proteins for muscles.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you! Remember: moderation is key.

• Stacey Williams
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