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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Don't Be Fooled By...What You Hear From Others!
You should drink alcohol following a workout.
That's right, pick your jaw up off the ground and quit cheering because unfortunately it's not recommended. I know...the bearer of bad news :(
The first time I heard this statement was following a St. Patty's 5k. The person mentioned "now we need to go drink beer to replace our carbs...I heard it was good for you". I had put myself off duty that day so I let it go, laughed, but let it go. The second time I heard it mentioned was 2 weeks ago from my waitress while dining out. She said "I don't really like wine, but I do drink it after a workout because I've heard it's good for you"! Once again, so my service would continue to be good I smiled and then sighed as she left the table.
When I came home, I did some research. I had to find out where they were hearing this. I did find one study that mentioned the benefits of wine and another one boasting the benefits of beer. What I couldn't find were the actual research publications/journals sharing the details of the articles I found in newspapers. Apparently the details were too good to be shared!
A research study published in The Journal of Applied Physiology (Shirreffs & Maughhan, 1997) concluded that drinks containing over 4% alcohol tend to delay the recovery process (mostly due to dehydration) but less than 4% are okay...in moderation. Most drinks contain greater than 4% alcohol with the exception of light beer.
Alcohol (in moderation of one drink/day for women and two for men) provides health benefits (to be discussed in a future post) however making a point to "refuel" after every workout is not a good idea unless you can do so in moderation! For more details on the negative effects alcohol has on the body, read this article http://www.acefitness.org/fitfacts/fitfacts_display.aspx?itemid=2636.
Make sure before you start following the advice of something you "hear" do a little research on it as it may not be true. Also, make sure there are multiple research findings that support the theory.