Is My Partying Ruining My Results?

By on September 8, 2015

Partying can ruin your results, especially when done in excess. Those who strongly believe in the work hard play hard philosophy have now changed it to workout hard play even harder. Unfortunately alcohol and exercise are not a good combination.

Of course you want to have fun and you can definitely do that but it has to be done in moderation. Using exercise to counteract the effects of alcohol is unrealistic and does not work. Alcohol more so counteracts the effects of exercise by dehydrating, slowing muscle recovery, decreasing endurance and causing that dreaded post workout soreness.

When trying to find the balance between having fun and building on your results the best place to start is your mindset. Think about the way drinking makes you feel. It is probably your way of having a good time but is a short lived pleasurable moment worth compromising your workout results? Taking a moment to put things in perspective is a huge help.

If you think you can enjoy as many drinks as you want and push yourself hard in the gym the next day, change your strategy. In order to maintain a healthy balance between fitness and partying, try to get the fun drinking delivers in other ways. Other activities can make you feel just as good as drinking if not better. One of those activities is exercise. Embracing fitness as a part of life that you like can make it easier to limit drinking when you go out.

As for those social gathering when you just have to join the party and indulge in a few drinks, plan ahead. To reduce the impact partying has on results, schedule an early morning workout the day of. A high intensity workout session will kick your metabolism into high gear and help the body burn more calories as you party the night away.

Another useful tip is treat an alcoholic beverage, whether it is a glass of wine, beer or a martini, as a carbohydrate during a meal. Alternating water and alcohol is also a useful strategy that can be used to limit your intake and avoid dehydration. It is recommended that you drink a few glasses of water in between each alcoholic beverage.

All in all, partying can ruin your progress but it doesn’t have to. Limiting your intake along with changing your mindset and behaviors will keep you fit while leaving room for fun.