Alcohol plays a big part of many peoples lives, young and old. However, if not moderated, it can have negative effects to your health and wellness. This post will explore the idea of dry January and how alcohol can affect your progress in the gym!
What is Dry January?
Dry January is an annual campaign set up by British charity, Alcohol Concern. It was created to encourage people to improve their relationship with alcohol and think about the damaging effects it can have when over-consumed. Dry January would mean giving up alcohol for 31 days. 31 days where to participants avoid hangovers, whilst saving money and losing weight at the same time! Great right?
For more information on Dry January and the campaign, visit: https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january
Alcohol: What Is It?
Alcohol, is made by the fermentation of fruits, grains or vegetables. Fermentation is the process that uses sugar in place of oxygen. Wines and ciders are made from fruits, whereas spirits and beers are made from grains. An alcohol’s content is determined by how long it is left to ferment. According to the government run association, Drink Aware, men and women should not have more than 14 units a week.
There are few reasons why alcohol is not completely great in large quantities:
- High in sugar (particularly cocktails)
- High in calories (attributes to the notorious ‘beer belly’)
- Dehydrates the body
- It affects your sleeping pattern
- Affects your overall performance; mentally and physically
- Can cause diseases like cancer
How To Make Alcohol Work For You
To avoid these effects of alcohol, the best thing is to drink in moderation ultimately. If this is not possible, it is advisable to cut it out. In addition to this, you can have lower calorie options, or mocktails, in place of alcohol.
Here are some low calorie alcohol options you can include;
- Vodka and soda water
- Skinny Prosecco https://www.thomsonandscott.com.
- Gin and Tonic
Alcohol can be enjoyed, just in moderation in order to protect yourself from the effects. In regards to your fitness journey, plan in days you drink and how much!
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