That’s right, alcohol. We all have our stories involving this substance, but those are for another time. For now, let’s take this on from a fitness angle: alcohol equals sneaky calories and other negative physical effects, too. Let’s steer clear of all that.
Here are some tips on how to enjoy a drink or two or maybe three and keep true (or close to true) to your fitness and healthy goals
1. Drink clear alcohol. All types of alcoholic beverages have impurities in them called congeners. Darker alcohols have more impurities. The impurities make hangovers worse. Gin & Vodka cause much less of a hangover than bourbon or whiskey. So, choose clear alcohols, please, please, please.
2. Drink premium alcohol & high-end wine. The high-end spirits go through more distillation steps than most of the lesser versions, and each step removes a bit more of the impurities. High-end wines generally get better barrels for aging, better corks, & more attention paid during the wine-making process.
3. Stay hydrated! There is no way around it. For every beer, wine, or spirit you consume, drink one or two glasses of water, too. No one wants to experience the “epic hangover” which is directly caused from dehydration (or be the sloppy one…crickets)
4. And the best way not to over-do it – would be not to do it at all. But let’s be real here. Some say, “three is the magic number” and all bets are off after that. Good real world rule. Whatever you do, when it comes to alcohol, don’t go too fast, make the moment last.
Drink responsibly & stay classy!