Here's Why It's A Bad Idea To Go To Happy Hour Before The Gym

July 1, 2014 12:10 PM

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We've all been there. A friend wants to grab drinks or go to a boozy brunch, but you promised yourself you wouldn't skip yoga (again). And as much as we'd like to deny it, you aren't doing yourself any favors by pounding the pavement or hitting the mat with a slight buzz. As you probably guessed, even in moderation alcohol is considered an ergolytic substance, meaning it impairs athletic performance (compared to ergogenic substances like caffeine, which can enhance performance). The more alcohol you consume, the more your performance is impaired and the more your risk for injury increases.

A less well-known recommendation is that you might not want to consume alcohol immediately after exercising, either. According to George Koob, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it's best to try and avoid the interaction of alcohol and exercise entirely. "The ...

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