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…
(e.g Jacobs Creek Classic Chardonnay)
ABV Value: 12.7%
(e.g Gordons Gin & Schweppes Tonic 250Ml Can)
ABV Value: 6.4%
(e.g Malibu & Cola 250ml Can)
ABV Value: 5%
(e.g Corona Extra)
ABV Value: 4.6%
(Champagne Malard Brut Rosé)
ABV Value: 12%
If you really can’t resist a post-run tipple, choose your drink choice carefully.
– 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.