Thursday, 28 June 2018
Why you should never drink after exercise
High intensity actions such as running, jumping, tackling and changing direction create temporary muscle damage and soreness.
If the exercise is of long enough duration, the fuel stored in our muscles for energy (glycogen) can become depleted too.
In a hot or humid environment, the body also loses a large amount of fluid from sweating, reducing the blood volume (which is important for getting oxygen around to all our muscles and organs), and electrolyte stores (important for muscle contraction).
Alcohol slows muscles repair, worsens injuries, and makes your next workout much harder. It is a diuretic that promotes fluid loss and contributes to dehydration. By drinking alcohol, you are losing more fluid instead of replenishing fluid.