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Great Workout, Now How About a Beer?

After exercising (and during) I always crave some gulps of cool, crisp H2O, but a new study shows that having a beer after a workout could do more good than regular water. Hmmm. I'm listening...

In my opinion, the study doesn't hold too much weight since it involved only 25 participants, and they were all college students. Over several months, they were asked to do strenuous exercise in 104° temperatures. Then they were split into two groups, one was given beer and the other was given water.

The study's leader, professor Manuel Garzon of Granada University, said that the hydrating effects of those who guzzled beer were "slightly better" than those who drank water. The only problem is that previous studies show that drinking alcoholic beverages increases the amount of liquid lost through urination, so that won't really help if you're dehydrated. A nutrition expert from Bath University in Britain, said that a moderate amount of beer might be just as quenching as water, but it's unlikely that it's any better.

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Dehydration is a serious condition, and last I heard the first thing you should do if you're showing symptoms is to drink water, not beer. Plus you exercise to burn calories, so why undo all the good you've done with calories from a beer that provides hardly any nutrients whatsoever? Not only that, but since beer contains alcohol, if you're working out at a gym, downing a pint of lager isn't exactly safe to do before you hop in the car to go home.

Sorry to get your hopes up people. I was excited when I first read the headline too, but it just goes to show that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Fit's Tips: Drinking beer after a workout could help to replenish lost calories if you are feeling dizzy or your blood sugar is low, but trail mix, LARABARS, and fruit are much healthier options. They're sure to give your body the energy and vitamins it needs.


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bellechic bellechic 9 years
the study doesnt sound too impressive... I really hope they weren't trying to pass it off as universal truth with 25 college students.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Chyeah right.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
The only times I drink are when I'm working out (IE clubbing/dancing) and I swear it makes my workouts more effective. They go hand in hand, really ;)
klandrach klandrach 9 years
I like to have a beer during my lodge breaks from snowboarding!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Ah, how I do like a nice cold beer after a hard ride. Mmmmm Red Trolly.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
okay. so the conclusion is? too good to be true
EcannDallas EcannDallas 9 years
haha, runnergeek i ran the addison oktoberfest 5k and of course they had free beer at the finish line.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
all the races i've run they have beer at the after party. at the dallas white rock marathon, they had beer at some of the water stops..i'll pass. i can't drink it during the run. after is a different story. bring it on!
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I can't drink beer it makes me sick. How bout a nice martini?
Babychloe Babychloe 9 years
Hmmm..I don't think so.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
That is amazing! I usually have a beer when i get home after exercising! It's my treat to myself!
syako syako 9 years
the only time I have a beer after a workout is when I'm running a race and I'm at the after party where they have free beer (we live in South Louisiana, of course there's alcohol!)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
A beer? Surely the effects on the liver (isn't it de-toxing enough already?) would outweigh the potential benefits of being hydrated faster? 25 participants is also not much of a study..
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
hihi good for my hubby cause he has a beer after each workout!!! :)
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