30-Day Challenge: Day #9 […and Exercise after Drinking]

30-Day Challenge (Day9)

Woke up this morning, and my fever was gone! YAY! I was still a bit weak, but at least I was feeling like a normal person again. Weird how fast that fever came and went (not that I’m complaining).

Tonight I had to attend a work function/retirement party. Obviously at these events, drinking is a given. But I was not about to let a night of celebration stop me from my new routine (gee, I’m so lame). But is it safe to exercise after drinking?

The short answer is no, it is not a good idea.

We all live pretty busy lives: whether its work, catching up with friends, kids, parties, working out, etc. – we try to fit it all in one day. With the trend to exercise regularly, I’m sure people have wondered if they can squeeze in that workout right after a couple drinks. While alcohol can make you feel like a superhero after a couple sips, it slows down your reaction time, affects your balance and disrupts your ability to coordinate. You are more likely to injure yourself. Alcohol is also a diuretic, and combined with sweating from your workout, can lead to dehydration.

In moderation though, a bit of alcohol in the system may be OK. As long as you’re not downing a bottle of vodka, chugging a keg, or doing this on a regular basis, I think it can be safe enough to exercise. To be honest, the worst I’ve done was the Beer Mile. As the name implies, you are essentially drinking beers and running for a mile. I have to admit, it was a lot of fun (even though it probably was not good for my body), but obviously I don’t do this all the time. In the end, the most important thing is to listen to your own body. If you can avoid exercise after drinking, that would probably be the safest bet.

With that being said, I did control myself and didn’t drink too much tonight since I knew I wanted to work out. After coming home from the party, I squeezed in Day #9. The exercises felt a bit easier, most likely because my body is getting stronger from the workouts (or because I was feeling like Superwoman from the booze?). The Strength and Conditioning bit was the tougher part since there is no skipping between rounds (gosh, I missed those active rests in that segment) and focuses just on the upper body. Truthfully I did think about skipping that part tonight since I got home late, but I really, really hate giving up. I guess my stubbornness actually helped pushed me through to the end. Late nights, fevers, parties, and booze apparently can’t stop me from my workouts. No excuses!!


Here is Lisa’s workout taken directly from her website with some of my modifications, and a link to the video.

DAY #9:

Timer is set to 10 seconds rest & 30 seconds work for 62 rounds. The first 10 seconds is a break, followed by 30 seconds skipping, 10 seconds break, and a 30-second round of an exercise (listed below).

There is a Strength & Conditioning Chest & Back Bonus after the 62 rounds, where the timer is set to 10 seconds rest & 50 seconds work for 11 rounds (no skipping in between rounds).

Today’s Workout:

  1. Frog Jump, Push-Up & Tuck Jump
  2. Shoulder Lift, Squat, Drop & Press Up Burpee, Tuck [using Medicine Ball]
  3. V Knee Lift & Tricep Dip
  4. Left Arm Reverse Push Up <replaced with Wide-Leg Push-Ups>
  5. Right Arm Reverse Push Up <replaced with Tricep Push-Ups>
  6. Ugi Ball Mat Jump Overs
  7. Left Leg Ugi Lunge Back (Touch floor) & Lift [using Medicine Ball]
  8. Right Leg Ugi Lunge Back (Touch floor) & Lift [using Medicine Ball]
  9. Get Ups [using Medicine Ball]
  10. Laying Single Left Leg Ugi Pelvis Lift  [using Medicine Ball]
  11. Laying Single Right Leg Ugi Pelvis Lift  [using Medicine Ball]
  12. Ugi Ball Reverse Crunch
  13. Weighted 10 Mountain & 10 High Knees [using Medicine Ball]
  14. Ugi Ball Jump Overs (or Toe Taps) [using Medicine Ball]
  15. Crab Kick Ups
  16. Left V-Abs
  17. Right V-Abs
  18. Lift Hands Burpees
  19. Hook Squat Jumps [using Hand Weights]
  20. Floor Roll Pike Touch Toe Abs
  21. Surf Board Burpees
  22. Low Squat Ball Punch [using Hand Weights]
  23. Weighted Wide Squat [using Barbell]
  24. Drop It Like Its Hot [using Medicine Ball]
  25. Clean & Press  [using Barbell]
  26. Elevated Left Side Plank & Lift [using Hand Weights]
  27. Elevated Right Side Plank & Lift [using Hand Weights]
  28. 10 Mountain climbers & Pike Jump
  29. Walk Outs & Push Up
  30. Burpees
  31. 1 Arm Pike Push Ups (L&R Alternate)

Strength & Conditioning Chest & Back Bonus: (10 seconds rest & 50 seconds work)

  1. Shoulder Press [using Barbell]
  2. Bicep Curl [using Barbell]
  3. Upright Row [using Barbell]
  4. Tricep Kick Back/Dips [using Hand Weights]
  5. Hammer Curls [using Hand Weights]
  6. Standing Flys [using Hand Weights]
  7. Single Arm Shoulder Press [using Hand Weights]
  8. Wide Bicep Curls [using Hand Weights]
  9. In & Out Bicep Curls [using Hand Weights]
  10. Round the World & Front Raise [using Hand Weights]
  11. Switch Arm Back & Front [using Hand Weights]
  12. Front Raise & Chest Press [using Hand Weights]
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