The Effects of Alcohol on Exercise and Performance.


Is it ethical to recommend alcohol to our clients? An important aspect of professional personal training includes reminding clients of how important clean eating and appropriate hydration are in achieving a healthy body. We often field questions regarding the value of water versus electrolyte replacements, the proper quantity of fluid to consume prior to a halfmarathon…the list goes on. However, rarely would we find a reason to validate alcohol consumption in relation to exercise.

Deleterious Drinking Effects

It has been well documented that alcohol acts as a depressant to the central nervous system, slowing the communication between brain cells. At some doses, alcohol in the bloodstream impacts the cerebellum, which plays a crucial role in muscle activity. This, in turn, can lead to a loss of balance. In addition, alcohol acts as a diuretic by expediting the rate at