Devoting some time for your workout session is a good habit.
It not only helps you burn more calories and aids weight loss, there’s a long list of other health benefits, too. Some of the top benefits include building a healthier heart, reducing the risk of diabetes, increasing your metabolism, building muscles, boosting happiness levels, improving sleep quality, making you more energetic, increasing your strength and flexibility, and boosting memory power.
While it is true that working up a sweat can help you remain physically and mentally fit, to reap the benefits you need to make some smart and healthy decisions after your workout is over.
In particular, your decision regarding what to drink after a workout can have a huge impact on the results of your hard work.
You do lose a lot of water while working out due to sweating. To make up for the loss, hydrating your body is important. Drinking a glass or two of water right after your workout is healthy.
But many times, instead of water, we reach for other beverages that are not healthy at all.
Here are some of the things you should never drink after a workout.
1. Sports Drinks
Sports drinks are marketed as the perfect post-workout drink, and it’s common to see people drinking these beverages at the end of a workout.
But sports drinks are unhealthy. They are loaded with sugar and calories and contain little to no nutrition. There might be some added vitamins and electrolytes in some brands, but the high sugar content is the biggest reason to avoid these drinks completely.
The sugar in sports drinks goes right through your system and causes an energy crash later on. Moreover, such drinks are loaded with artificial flavors that have a negative impact on the body.
If you exercise in the evening and then head to the bar for a glass of wine, you are making a big mistake.
Alcohol is dehydrating in nature and after sweating in the gym, you need to hydrate your body rather than going for a dehydrating drink. Also, the diuretic effect of alcohol in the body can cause a nasty hangover.
Alcoholic drinks also contain empty calories and do not provide any nutrients. Drinking these empty calories will only postpone the fat-burning process and contribute to increased fat storage.
Moreover, alcoholic drinks have an inflammatory effect on the body, and can negatively impact balance and your decision-making ability.
3. Carbonated Beverages
Fizzy drinks like soda are a big “NO” after your workout session.
Drinking soda only means you are giving your body nothing but a concentrated amount of simple sugars. The sugary beverage will work as a quick-acting energy boost, but soon it’s going to cause you to crash. Moreover, it has no nutritional benefits.
If you think switching to diet soda from regular soda is okay, you need to think again. The artificial sweeteners in diet sodas can wreak havoc on your exercise benefits.
4. Packaged Fruit Juice
Opening a fruit juice bottle might make you feel like you’re making a healthy choice. But packaged fruit juice is just not the best choice to drink after your workout.
Most packaged drinks are loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, which can lead to obesity and increase your risk of metabolic syndrome diseases.
Moreover, packaged fruit juices do not contain the vitamins and nutritious fiber that you find in real fruit. The nutritional value of fruits gets lost in the juicing process, and you end up consuming pure sugar in the form of fructose.