In recent years, there has been a lot of research revealing the not-so-great effects of alcohol, we all know it, but it does not stop us. It is especially significant for anyone who is active. Off the bat, it turns out that alcohol messes with our sleep, leaves us dehydrated, and can affect endurance levels and unfortunately these consequences aren’t just limited to heavy drinkers; even moderate drinking, just a couple can have some of these negative impacts. Add to that snow beers in the car park when you are slightly dehydrated it’s just an accelerant.
At first, I didn’t think much about the downsides of alcohol because I didn’t consider myself a heavy drinker (try and define heavy drinker). But alcohol doesn’t discriminate it can affect anyone, no matter their drinking habits. It can mess with your sleep, muscle recovery, the feeling of wellbeing is short-lived which isn’t helpful if you want to perform your best the next day; the reality is you possibly would not notice any adverse effects, it is not as obvious as a hangover, but if you could compare you would see there is definitely a difference.
Of course, there are times when it’s okay to enjoy a drink, like at social gatherings or celebrations. We all like to have fun occasionally. However, when it comes to outdoor severe efforts, alcohol doesn’t have our backs. Trying to tackle any challenge while still feeling the effects of alcohol from the night before isn’t ideal. We often work so hard to get into the outdoors, biking, skiing, and tramping only to cloud the event by a night on the turps.
There is value n a few beers around the fire or in the car park, the comedy of the day.
Luckily, there’s a middle ground that lets us keep our rituals without the adverse effects of alcohol. Non-alcoholic beers have become popular for a good reason. They offer the taste and experience of regular beer without the unpleasant aftermath. While you won’t feel tipsy from these drinks, you won’t wake up feeling drained and unable to perform at your best. Some studies even suggest that non-alcoholic beer can be a good source of hydration and replenish electrolytes for athletes.
I understand if some readers might be sceptical, but considering the potential performance benefits, it’s worth giving non-alcoholic beers a chance. They provide a great alternative,
Allowing you to maintain your evening routine while keeping your mind and body happy, healthy, and ready to conquer challenges with full force. So, why not give them a try and see how they work for you?
Cheers to better performance and well-being!