Researchers Say Drinking Beer May Be Good Motivation For Exercises

Posted: Jan 7 2016, 9:59am CST | by , Updated: Jan 8 2016, 8:51pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


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New research has found a limited link between exercising and beer, or rather wanting to exercise and moderate beer or alcohol. The researchers point out that people who drink some measure of beer or alcohol tend to exercise more than people who don’t - CNN reports.

To make it a win-win situation for all, the brewmaster and owner of Bulls Falls Brewery in Wausau, Wisconsin, Mike Zamzow, plans to host a show where cardio and yoga exercises might go with some cold beer. The show commences next week, and Zamzow calls it “Butts and Beers.”

Leigh Leasure, an associate professor and director of behavioral neuroscience lab at the University of Houston, noted that teams often share cold drinks after a win, and participants at the “Butts and Beer” event may feel very good after the exercises and carry that feeling into the bar.

The keyword here however is moderation. This is an ongoing research and concrete benefits of combining exercise with drinking have not been fully established, even though the latest US Mediterranean diet includes a daily glass of wine, something many doctors recommend.

Past studies consider the fact that beer may be a good sports drink – because of the hops and sugar, but sodium may have to be added to make it effective while alcohol level is reduced. While other studies looked at the fact that alcohol and exercise operate on the same brain pathways.

"There are a lot of parallels in terms of how the brain responds to exercise and alcohol," Leasure said. The brain releases dopamine and endorphins with both. "It does make you wonder if people are feeling good when they exercise and people feel good when they have a drink, maybe they continue to seek out that experience."

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
Charles is covering the latest discoveries in science and health as well as new developments in technology. He is the Chief Editor or Intel-News.




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