Nutritionist Sonal Shah disagrees with doctor Rogers, and believes it’s ok to have alcohol after an intense workout – but only a few glasses.
‘In my opinion it’s fine to have one or two units of alcohol after a marathon, as long as you have eaten food and drunk water beforehand,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.
‘The whole body is utilised during a marathon, including the muscles and joints. Sweating means salts and water is lost, which means adequate hydration with water and electrolytes is important.
‘Therefore you don’t want to deplete yourself further which can lead to you feeling more tired and your immune system below par.’
As for what beverages you should go for, it’s recommended that you stay away from red wine to avoid upsetting your stomach.
Having a pint of beer is a far better idea or a spirit and sugary mixer.
But most fitness experts agree that drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea, so it could be worthwhile to add a bowl of peanuts to your pub order (or indeed a full meal).
‘Have a meal before drinking, as otherwise you will be drinking on an empty stomach which is never a good idea,’ Matt Durkin, a nutritionist at Simply Supplements, tells Metro.co.uk.
‘Add some salt to the meal to help replace some of the electrolytes lost through sweating. If the meal naturally has a low salt content and no salt is available, snacking on salted peanuts is a good alternative.
‘Alcohol with a mixer may also work in your favour. For example, rum and coke or gin and lemonade have a high sugar content due to the mixer.
‘As glycogen stores will be very low following a marathon, the sugar can help to kick-start the recovery process.’
However, some people argue that the issue with drinking after a marathon has less to do with enjoying a pint, and more to do with the ingrained culture of celebrating a major event with alcohol.
Natalie, 30, is an avid gym-goer and also plays netball twice a week.
She tells Metro.co.uk that having a drink after exercise has been part of her workout routine since university.
‘Drinking after exercise was something that was instilled in me when I was at uni,’ she said.
‘It was very much the culture. We would play netball and almost immediately afterwards we would start drinking.
‘Now I often do similar at the weekends. It’s great for bonding with my team and makes getting up at the crack of dawn to run around feel much more worth it.
‘I find that when I drink after intense exercise the alcohol tends to go to my head much more quickly. It basically makes me a lightweight, but it feels pretty great.
‘It’s almost as though my heart is still pumping faster than normal so it carries the booze around my bloodstream in lightning-quick time.
‘Understandably I am thirsty after sport. My body needs water, but if I reach for the beer first, I will often forget that I also need some non-alcoholic hydration – which can lead to a seriously killer hangover.’
‘Another issue is the potential for injury. Once, I went drinking straight afterwards and twisted my ankle. The alcohol stopped me from feeling the pain and swelling, so I ended up putting weight on it and not being careful – which definitely made my injury worse.’
Whether to drink or not to drink on the big day, that’s up to you.
But please, have some water and a salty snack – and don’t down an alcoholic drink at the finish line (especially if the weather is also punishing).
And if you’re concerned, speak to a health professional or your local GP.
MORE: If you’re a runner you need to be doing these stretches
MORE: How does practicing yoga in a cold environment affect the body?
MORE: Olympic icon Jo Pavey shares her favourite running routes in London
The daily lifestyle email from Metro.co.uk.
Source: Read Full Article