Which Alcoholic Drinks Are Best For Runners?

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  December 4, 2017

How To Choose Your Post-Run Celebratory Drink

Following on from the research we conducted into the effects of running and drinking, we’ve picked out the five most common drinks enjoyed by women and ‘distilled’ a.) their calorie count and b.) their ABV values to help you balance the celebratory effects with the impact on your body and waistline.

While calories are a measure of how much potential energy is in a given food or drink item, ABV values measure how much volume of liquid is alcohol in a given drink. Both of which are important to consider as a runner, whether you are running for fitness or weight loss.

Here are your favourites…

Glass of White Wine

(e.g Jacobs Creek Classic Chardonnay)

How To Choose Your Post-Run Celebratory Drink

Calories: 77

ABV Value: 12.7%

Gin & Slimline Tonic

(e.g Gordons Gin & Schweppes Tonic 250Ml Can)

How To Choose Your Post-Run Celebratory Drink

Calories: 54

ABV Value: 6.4%

Malibu & Cola

(e.g Malibu & Cola 250ml Can)

How To Choose Your Post-Run Celebratory Drink

Calories: 156

ABV Value: 5%

Bottle of Lager

(e.g Corona Extra)

How To Choose Your Post-Run Celebratory Drink

Calories: 148

ABV Value: 4.6%

Glass of Champagne

(Champagne Malard Brut Rosé)

How To Choose Your Post-Run Celebratory Drink

Calories: 91%

ABV Value: 12%

If you really can’t resist a post-run tipple, choose your drink choice carefully.

Remember:

– Not only is alcohol a very concentrated source of energy (with a caloric value of seven calories per gram), it also metabolises in the body as fat, doing your waistline no favours at all. If weight loss is your goal, perhaps opt for a G & T!

-An alcoholic beverage after a run increases your risk of dehydration, interferes with refuelling and impairs healing. If you’ve been competing in a race, opt for a drink with the lowest ABV value such as a bottle of lager to lessen the impact on your recovery.

And don’t forget to get hydrated! At your post-run celebrations, rehydrate with 500-70ml of water for every half a kilogramme of body weight you lost while you were running.

Safe drinking!

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