Is it safe to hit the gym after having one drink at brunch or happy hour? Nope. We get that it may seem like it’s fine, as you’ve probably seen friends dash off to yoga after Saturday brunch and they’re still living and breathing. But experts say that your friends are seriously in the wrong for a couple of reasons.
To begin, booze affects your performance—and we’re not just talking about the “ooh, I was drunkish at yoga and totally fell over during downward dog” kind of way. Nope, this is more of a physiological thing. See, when you exercise, your body uses glucose that’s stored in your liver for fuel. The problem is that when you drink, the alcohol also gets metabolized in your liver—that same liver!—which means that booze inhibits your ability to use your glucose stores effectively, Lewis-McCormack says. As a result, you’re not going to get the energy you need, and you simply won’t be as good.
Furthermore, alcohol dehydrates you. And considering you already need more liquids to replenish your body properly during exercise, if you work out after a glass of wine or beer, you’ll likely be even more dehydrated. That’s not only dangerous, but it also decreases your performance level overall.
And finally, working out post-cocktail puts you at a higher risk for injury, Lewis-McCormack says. The reason: When you exercise, you create inflammation in your body. And alcohol itself is an inflammatory, so do the math: You’re basically inflaming an already-naturally-inflamed body. And that double-up effect means you’re more prone to injuries in the long run, she says.
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Sneaker treads, or outsoles, typically come in two forms: carbon rubber (usually all black) or a combination of colorful blown rubber and black carbon rubber (like that of Mizuno’s Wave Inspire 5 running shoe, shown here). “Carbon rubber is more durable and can provide more traction, while blown rubber is softer and lighter for more flexibility and less weight in your stride,” says Garrett Sheehan, a customer experience coach at Road Runner Sports in San Diego. Trail-shoe outsoles are almost always carbon rubber, and the deeper their lugs, the better they are for rocky terrain
“The top part of your sneaker, aka the upper, is all about comfort and style,” says Sheehan. “Look for one that allows your toes to move around freely and doesn’t have seams that rub against your skin.” While the upper can be made of any material, from leather to plastic, the more mesh there is, the more breathable your shoe will be.