drink after exercise

On the weekends people usually hit the gym hard, their intensity of workouts multiply on those days than during the week. Likewise they hit the bottle harder during weekends. As per a recent study people drink more alcohol on days when they work out more.

A study was carried out where researchers asked 150 people, aged between 18 to 89, to record their physical activity and alcohol use in a Smartphone app each day for a 21-day period. This process was repeated thrice giving researchers data from a total of 63 days. Researchers found that—people from the most physically active to the least—drank more alcohol on days they exercised more.

“I was surprised that there was no different between more and less active people,” said David Conroy, professor of preventive medicine and deputy director of the Center for Behavior and Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an author of the study published this week in “Health Psychology.”

In 2009, in a survey it was found that people who drink alcohol are more physically active. The new study focused on the other way around—people drink heavily after exercising. It didn’t delve into why exercise is connected to alcohol consumption, how much people booze when they work out. However, Conroy presumes people likely reward themselves for a good workout by having a few drinks. Or, their willpower becomes so weak after visit to the gym that they are unable to say “no” to a cocktail.  

“It is interesting … we tend to exercise more Thursday through Sunday and we tend to drink more Thursday through Sunday,” says Dr. David Geier, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert in Charleston, South Carolina, who was not involved in the study. ”Just be careful not to conclude that one leads to another.”

The study also identified the fact that people during weekends are more committed to exercising and drinking. Conroy says, ‘Regardless of whether the person is a young adult, a midlife adult, or an older adult, his or her drinking goes up, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.’