Cabernet and Cardio? Fitness Together® Trainers Weigh In on the Relationship Between Drinking and Fitness During Alcohol Awareness Month

April 17, 2019 - Comment

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fitness Together®, the largest one-on-one private, personal training franchise in the U.S., is encouraging Americans to educate themselves about the relationship between alcohol and fitness this April, which is Alcohol Awareness Month. “There are so many studies out there that say alcohol is bad and there are also studies that say alcohol is good.


BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fitness Together®, the largest one-on-one private, personal training
franchise in the U.S., is encouraging Americans to educate themselves
about the relationship between alcohol and fitness this April, which is
Alcohol Awareness Month.

“There are so many studies out there that say alcohol is bad and there
are also studies that say alcohol is good. So, who do we listen to?”
said Suzanne Caruso, certified nutritionist and personal trainer at
Fitness Together, Reading. “The key is moderation. If you’re the type of
person who can have one or two adult beverages and not have it affect
your normal eating habits and daily functions, then you should be ok. If
you are the type of person who finds yourself overindulging, then a
focus of reduction might be an appropriate game plan.”

Caruso, along with Fitness Together, Bethesda owner and certified
personal trainer Robin Coe, say alcohol can impact fitness performance
in a few ways:

  • Metabolism: Alcohol contains empty calories and those calories
    may reduce the rate of which other macronutrients are metabolized. The
    body must metabolize alcohol before it can get to food, often leading
    to excess calorie storage.
  • Hydration: Drinking alcohol after a workout will adversely
    affect the body’s ability to replenish glycogen, which is the
    substance in our bodily tissue that stores carbohydrates. After
    strength training or high-intensity cardio, the muscles are already
    dehydrated, and drinking alcohol can further dehydrate the body and
    prolong muscle recovery. In some cases, muscles may not function
    optimally for three to five days.
  • Food Selection: Alcohol can lower the body and mind’s ability
    to choose proper food sources. Instead of having a well-balanced,
    protein-based meal, a person who has had a few too many drinks may
    inadvertently choose foods that are at the bottom of the food
    continuum – Lose-Lose situation if one is trying to lose weight and or
    body fat.
  • Physical Performance: Fitness routines, athletic performance
    and muscles are all impacted by alcohol. Alcohol reduces our ability
    to recover and it certainly reduces our ability to perform. Alcohol
    can delay the recovery process, cause hormone disruption and interrupt
    sleep patterns. If you want to operate at peak performance or you have
    a competition coming up, you might want to ditch the alcohol. After
    the event is over, it’s ok to get together with
    teammates/competitors/friends/family and celebrate. But again, one or
    two beverages should be the norm.

“Moderate alcohol shouldn’t ruin your fitness routine. However, if you
are looking for the ‘six-pack abs’ you will need to say no to booze,”
adds Coe. “Alcohol produces excess and unnecessary calories for your
body. As long as you’re realistic with your goals in relation to your
alcohol consumption, having a 5oz glass of wine 3 times per week is
acceptable.”

A highly-recommended book and resource for exploring whether you have a
healthy relationship with alcohol is This Naked Mind: Control
Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
by
Annie Grace.

Additionally, Robin and Suzanne recommend booking a private training
session and nutrition consultation at Fitness
Together.
There are currently over 140 convenient Fitness Together
locations throughout the U.S. To find a location near you, go to
fitnesstogether.com

About Fitness Together

Fitness Together® is a one-on-one private, personal training franchise
focused on changing clients’ lives with improved fitness and health.
Whether the aim is to lose weight or achieve better health, Fitness
Together® pairs clients with a personal trainer and a workout plan
tailored for their goals. To learn more, visit www.fitnesstogetherfranchise.com.



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