Drinking Tips for the Fitness Freak (21 & up)

 As much as I love fitness I still enjoy having an “adult beverage” sometimes…and I see absolutely nothing wrong with it.  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a wine lover…dry red being my preference.  But I know how to drink without it interfering with my fitness regimen.  I only drink in moderation and limit my choices to certain types of drinks.  From my experience with drinking while staying fit, here are some tips I can offer.

Stick to wines, straight liquor or straight liquor with club soda and/or natural lemon/lime juices.

Red wines are my preference and the drier the better.  Red wine is known to have some health benefits such as providing antioxidants that help reduce the risk of heart disease and

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resveratrol that helps with prevention of blood clots and damage to blood vessels.  One recent study from Oregon State University even found that wine may help with burning fat cells because of chemicals found in muscadine grapes used for some red wines.  One of the main benefits I also see with drinking wine is that it isn’t mixed with anything else so it’s easier to know exactly how many calories it contains.  So, for example, if you’re drinking a glass of red wine you can expect to intake anywhere from 100-150 calories per 6 ounce glass.  This brings me to my next one.

Straight liquor or shots are another drink where it is easier to know how many calories you are taking in.  A shot of vodka typically contains around 100 calories.  Yes, they are empty calories but at least you know you aren’t taking in a huge amount of them.

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Straight liquor with lemon juice, lime juice, and/or club soda/carbonated water may work better for you if having straight vodka on the rocks or as a shot isn’t your thing.  You can mix it up some by adding a little flavor with lemon or lime juice.  I think fresh fruit

vodka and lime

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juice is best but the bottled, unsweetened ones work well, too, without adding all the calories.  You can also add a little fizz with some carbonated water such as Perrier.  Add a little ice and garnish and you have yourself a nice little cocktail without all the calories and sugar that comes with many mixed drinks.

Follow up with plenty of water

For me, this seems to help me flush out the alcohol faster because, of course, an increase in water intake increases urination.

Drink in moderation

Just because you know that glass of wine you’re drinking only contains 100 calories doesn’t mean you should have 4-5 of them.  Increasing your intake of alcohol has a number of risks such as getting alcohol poisoning and affecting the liver.  Also, you don’t want to risk getting drunk, which can impair your ability to function normally or operate a vehicle, which can put you in danger of having an accident or injuring others.

So yes, even as a fitness freak you can still enjoy an “adult beverage” every now and then.  Knowing how to balance it out and not letting those empty calories offset your diet too much is key.  And, as always, drink responsibly.  Happy drinking!

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About Keke

I'm a wife, mother, IT career woman, MBA, fun, loving person who enjoys wearing multiple hats and living life to the fullest. I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and have been working in the field of technology for over a decade, which I enjoy very much. Additionally, I'm passionate about fitness and eating well so I'm always researching related topics and enjoy sharing this information with others. My blog merges the things I'm passionate about by turning these topics into what I hope you find are interesting blog posts. So glad you stopped by and hope to see you back here soon!

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