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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Science Says Alcohol After Working Out Is Not Such A Bad Idea

According to a new study over in Canada, wine can be even more beneficial for us than we thought. Red wine that is. The research done shows great promise. But how much of the research can we objectively consider. 
Women Drinking Red Wine | The Fittest Blogger

If you have been following my blog for some time now, then I’m sure you have seen tidbits of me recommending zero consumption of alcohol on your lift days. But today I learned that red wine, somehow, has a secret hall pass.

On my journey to fitness enlightenment, I have been fortunate to workout with and train all kinds of individuals. And I've come to the conclusion that everyone has that one friend who drinks a few pints of beer right after working out. 

Seriously these people exist. Not knowing that they are only negating their earlier workout by adding alcohol into their system. But interestingly enough, these researchers from Canada say that alcohol after a workout can be good for us. 

However they aren't speaking about beer or some good ole fashion malt liquor, they are strictly referring to red wine.

Without getting too in depth on why alcohol and working out don't go well together, alcohol inhibits protein syntheses. Essentially alcohol in your system slows down/reduces your gains. And no one who works their butt off in the gym or field wants to see that happen. Lifting and consuming alcohol after is what you can call retrograde lifting. 

Retrograde lifting is moving backwards physically instead of progressing forward.

Nowadays, There are sh*tload hardcore gym nuts out there who will tell you “Don’t drink alcohol at all” or “Give up alcohol forever.” Lucky for you, I am not one of those guys. 

I do agree that if you would like to see quicker and long lasting gains in your health, then alcohol should be removed indefinitely.

But if you’re like me, you will have a drink every now and then. No harm, no foul as long as alcohol consumption is not abused. The key to seeing your body grow or lose unwanted weight when it comes to alcohol is moderation and timing.

To learn more about how to get around working out and drinking, check out the article How To Drink And Still Gain Muscle that I wrote earlier this year.

Anyhow, in my quest for knowledge, I ran into a study that actually says red wine can be more beneficial than we ever thought before. Yes, I know its sound like the same old adage “A glass of wine a day, keeps the doctor away,” but this is good news. Especially for those who are incapable of working out.

I guess the wine drinking Italians got something right for once (Yes, I just low-blowed the Italians).

A study conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has identified additional health benefits of drinking red wine because of a compound in red wine known as Resveratrol. And it’s not the same old benefits about how a glass can be good for your heart or provide anti-aging benefits.

What they found over in Canada is that Resveratrol was seen to improve heart function, physical performance, and muscle strength in the same way as they're improved after a session at the gym.

Now think about that for one second. A glass of wine can mimic exercise and boost heart rate. Crazy.

But let’s not get too excited about this news just yet. The study was done on lab mice and has yet to have human test trials. The researchers also made it an objective to point out that it is “A glass A day” not a bottle.

However, like most things in life, moderation is key. Happy lifting. #theFittest.

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