Excercise with joy - without alcohol

Alcohol weakens performance immediately after consumption — and your performance remains poor the next day, too.

In particular, alcohol compromises accuracy, reaction time, balance and strength. And even small amounts of alcohol increase the risk of accidents and strain injuries. Due to the effects of alcohol, muscles tire faster than normal during exercise and the heart pumps more weakly. In addition, post-exercise recovery is weaker.

You should not exercise when hungover

When you are hungover, your blood sugar is low, which may result in exhaustion or even unconsciousness during heavy exercise.

Alcohol might cause arrhythmia even if you’re healthy. You should thus avoid heavy exercise when hungover. Low blood sugar also hinders brain function, leading to incorrect decisions in sports requiring sharp thinking.

Alcohol also impacts on mood. Keep in mind that in team sports, a hungover player who is irritable and not performing well weakens the performance of the whole team. Alcohol is also not suitable for post-exercise hydration.

For more information on alcohol, see Addictionlink.

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