A study conducted by the University of Miami involving more than 200,000 participants has shown that those who drink more also tend to exercise more.
Cross sections of adults from around the United States were polled to determine what if any effect alcohol consumption had on exercise. The startling data concluded that those who drank “heavily” participated in exercise an average of 20 minutes more per week than their non-drinking brethren. While we are left to speculate as to the reason for this discrepancy there are a few assumptions made regarding possible causes for this trend.
- Sports– Adults who play team sports as part of a club or even work sponsored league have a tendency to imbibe a few beverages after the game. This can be seen in bars and pubs across America as evidenced by the numerous people in softball or bowling league shirts tipping back a few pitchers.
- Guilt– Another theory is that people who drink heavily are aware of the empty calories and therefore they compensate by allocation additional time to training.
While these are very good possibilities we have decided there are at least four other reasons that heavy drinkers may get in more exercise.
- Drunk dancing– One cannot argue that alcohol has an effect on your perceived desire to dance and well as your perceived skill in dancing. We can easily see how an additional 20 minutes per week can be racked up here. Beware, drunk dancing is one of the top five reasons your pictures may end up all over the internet.
- Keg stands– Keg stands are an incredible feat of balance, upper body strength and stamina. One does a hand stand over a keg of beer, with help from his friends, while guzzling down as much beer as possible.
- Beer curls– A 12 ounce bottle of beer weighs one and a half pounds, which does not seem like much, but when combined with high repetitions it can really leave one with a good pump. For a better workout opt for a beer mug which could weigh as much as two pounds while empty and 3 and half pounds while full.
- Whiskey %$@!- For those with a partner or spouse at home some romance combined with a heavy dose of alcohol can lead to hours of lovemaking as opposed to the usual five minute sprint to the finish. These extended sessions can have fantastic cardiovascular and sometimes muscular benefits depending on how creative the participants are on a given evening.
So forget about steroids, igf-1, growth hormone or any other performance enhancer. The real key to staying motivated for workouts is a healthy appetite for alcohol consumption!
*Contributor note- This piece was written with humor in mind but the data presented by UM is accurate. We do not condone the use of alcohol in excess and never while driving.