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What To Know about Alcohol and Exercise

Drinking alcohol after exercise can cause serious dehydration.
Mild dehydration after exercise is very common; consuming alcohol, which acts as a diuretic, can compound this effect. Loss of essential fluid and electrolytes will impair your muscle's ability to recover and improve. The fluid you drink in alcohol will not replace normal fluids. Give your body some time (minimum four to six hours) to fully rehydrate with water or sports drinks before drinking after exercise.

Alcohol and Exercise-Related Fatigue
Alcohol increases lactic acid production, hindering muscle recovery. Alcohol also slows the body's ability to turn food into energy.

Athletes work hard at their game and aim to be the best. Consider some of these questions when planning to drink.

Alcohol and Body Temperature
Alcohol and Body Temperature On top of impairing your nervous system's ability to sense temperature accurately, alcohol consumption can cause heat loss and lead to hypothermia as it dilates blood vessels. In hot weather, alcohol consumption increases sweating and can cause dehydration. Dress for Minnesota weather.

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