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Study shows your gym days are also your booze days. Cheers!

on 30/09/14 at 11:13 am

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indexDo you work out hard and then party hard as well? Join the club.

People tend to exercise more than usual on the same days they drink more alcohol than usual, according to a new study published this month in Health Psychology and funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Researchers had 150 participants between 18 to 89 log their daily physical activity and alcohol consumption over a span of 21 days. The group did this at three different periods during the year.

Whereas previous studies had participants try to think back on their habits over a 30-day time span, or concluded that people who exercise more also drink more, this study zeroed in on individual, day-to-day behaviors. Participants were considered “low-risk” folks, who typically had a couple of drinks every few days.

“Something is happening on those days that’s leading people to drink more,” said David Conroy, the study’s lead author and a professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

So what gives? Conroy said a number things could be at play. Perhaps people who like to work out also like to drink with the same people with whom they’ve exercised. Or maybe people are rewarding themselves for hitting the gym. Or maybe they’ve used up all the willpower they can muster to just get themselves to the gym, and they’ve got none left to refuse a drink later in the day.

Most of the alcohol consumption recorded by the study’s participants came in the form of beer.