constantly reminded to keep ourselves hydrated when we exercise. This advice has generated a multi-billion dollar sports drink industry with an ever growing number of pre and post workout beverages. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to hear that a recent study
found that sugary water is better for improving performance than many of these sports drinks. And simple chocolate milk is recommended as the optimal post workout recovery drink by many sports nutritionists and athletes
As much as I enjoy a cold glass of chocolate milk, after a tough workout sometimes I prefer something a little stronger. And according to an article
in last week's NY Times so do many of my fellow exercisers. In fact, beer provides a substantial portion of many exercisers' fluid intake after workouts. A 2014 study of moderate beer intake on post exercise hydration in the heat concluded "after exercise and subsequent water loss, a moderate beer intake (22 oz.) has no deleterious effects on hydration of active individuals"
- Journal of International Sports Nutrition
. That's good news!The Close Ties Between Beer and Exercise
For many people, working out and alcohol are closely linked. Drinking may even effect whether people exercise,
and studies suggest that the interplay between exercise and alcohol could be a good thing. People who exercise tend also to be people who drink, and vice versa. For instance, many people exercise in large part to burn the calories associated with drinking, so that drinking drives their exercise behavior.
Researchers found that men
and women who are moderate
drinkers (about one drink a day) are twice as likely to exercise regularly as teetotalers. The evidence suggests that exercise may encourage people to drink, but it does not indicate that this is necessarily worrisome for the vast majority of us, says Dr. Leigh Leasure, the lead author of the review. "Feeling a slight buzz after a workout,
she said, we may . . . look nto extend and intensify that feeling with a beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail". And after a hard workout you deserve one.
Drinking alcohol isn't the worst bad habit, not exercising is.Slainte!
I will be spending Christmas in Ireland. That means I will be imbibing but I will also be exercising. The Irish have a saying that you should never trust a man who doesn't take a drink. So if you are of the persuasion of choosing a presidential candidate based on your preference of a hypothetical "drinking buddy" you should consider that Donald Trump is an avowed teetotaler, who no doubt abstains from exercise as well.
Personally I believe that moderate amounts of exercise and ethanol are two of the ingredients that make for a joie de vivre. So this holiday season, sweat, drink and celebrate!
And have a Merry Christmas. Really.
Cheers to your health! Mike