It is clear that putting alcohol in the same equation with any question that has to do with health will always be negative. Even more so if we involve sports, or people who consider themselves athletes, and who can see how their results are not what they expected.
It does not matter if we talk about amateur sports or that we talk about professionals, and the sports practice we do does not change either, since in all cases its consumption will penalize both performance and results.
We can talk about long-distance runners or cycling, modalities in which we may not have any interest in developing muscle volume, but we also talk about simple gym routines (such as toning or wanting to hypertrophy), to which it will not be good in any case to drink this type of product.
Logically, parking it will be a good way to reward that sportsmanship, and it will also be if we avoid it both before practicing our favorite sport and afterwards. Similarly, although for different reasons, consuming alcohol before or after practicing sports can minimize the benefit of the exercise performed.
All this does not mean that, as a priori we can think, it is – within which it is not recommended – more ‘healthy’ to drink alcohol after parking the sport than before doing it. To this, obviously, we must also add another important nuance: It will not be the same to consume two beers than to drink seven glasses of whiskey, Although in both cases they are harmful, one option will be more harmful than the other.
The reasons not to mix alcohol and sports
Badly called ‘virtues’, some of the first effects of alcohol include disinhibition, euphoria or relaxation that it produces are consequences that have no apparent sporting advantage. Beyond that, which occurs in the early stages of ingestion, other consequences such as speech difficulty, loss of balance, or motor incoordination are more than enough reasons to think that drinking is not a good dance partner of sport.
In any case, there are several reasons why we should not associate each other with doing our favorite sport, mainly because four reasons that make them totally counterproductive.
A powerful dehydrator
When we exercise, no matter how intense or mild, we sweat and through our pores we lose the necessary mineral balance for our body to function. For this reason, the dehydration supposes a lower muscular aerobic energy, a reduction of the force and also of the physical resistance.
For this reason, in addition to consuming water, it is common that when we stop we consume isotonic drinks with the intention of recovering those lost minerals. However, if we bet even a few simple beers, we are inhibiting the production of Antidiuretic hormone (HAD), which is responsible for maintaining and regulating body fluids.
This increases our desire to go to the toilet, facilitating more frequent and abundant urination, just the opposite of what we need when we stop playing sports, where we must seek a water balance through rehydration.
We ‘distract’ the muscle
Alcohol is toxic from the first to the last drop, which causes our body to activate a metabolization mechanism and priority expulsion through the liver. In this way, the organism concentrates on eliminating a greater and common enemy, leaving in second place other tasks such as muscle regeneration or fat burning, for example.
In a similar sense, it also prompts different hormones to kick in. With its consumption, triggers the secretion of cortisol, dubbed ‘the stress hormone’, whose increase is coupled with a reduction in the level of testosterone, which accelerates our metabolism and serves to gain more muscle mass and to burn fat more quickly.
An interference with rest
It is well known that alcohol is an inducer of sleep, but far from making them sleep like dormouses and go through all the phases of sleep, what it does is maintain an imbalance between alpha sleep waves and delta waves that disrupts rest.
Its presence thus prevents proper muscle growth and to promote tissue regeneration, it is essential that we sleep and rest well. To all of it our beers, wines or whiskeys do not contribute at all, especially if we consume them at night, which is common in social drinkers.
A calorie bomb
If your intention is to lose weight and that is why you start doing sports, you should be clear that you must keep all these drinks out of your reach. Obviously, the more graduation it has, the more calories it will have, all of them being empty calories, lacking in vitamins, minerals or any macronutrient, especially if we mix or consume it certain high-calorie cocktails.
Reason to wear one dynamics associated with bad eating habits (the only real way to lose weight is to maintain a caloric deficit) to which we add the consumption of alcohol will not do anything good to our relationship with the scale.
In any case…
All these causes are coupled with a constant and repeated consumption of alcoholic beverages, Which are maximized if we bet on those with a higher graduation or if we consume them too close to sports practice.
A beer a day or a glass of wine during a meal sporadically does not become a burden that torpedoes your physical form to the extreme, which does not mean that the best option is always to do without it completely.