It’s Not Just You: Running & Beer Really Are Closely Linked

Cups of Oakshire Brewing beer at the Eugene Marathon.

Cups of Oakshire Brewing beer at the Eugene Marathon.

There’s a reason you love having a pint (or two, or three) after running or other vigorous exercise.

After all, there’s a reason the stunning destination races like those in the wineries of Northern California sell out in just days each year — runners love knocking back a glass of wine or a pint of beer after the race. We’ve earned it, right?

As the New York Times’ Gretchen Reynolds reported last week, there are some new studies out that show there’s a link between how much we exercise and our propensity to drink.

“Drinking may even affect whether people exercise, and, the findings suggest, the interplay between exercise and alcohol could be a good thing,” Reynolds writes in the Times.

While scientists have known for years that the kinds of people who exercise tend to be the kinds of people who enjoy a beer — moderate drinkers tended to be twice as likely to exercise regularly than non-drinkers, a study back in 2001 found — they weren’t sure there was a causal link between the two.

Now they think they’ve found one.

After studying a group of 150 men and women, aged 18 to 75, through the use of a smartphone app that tracked their exercise and drinking habits, the scientists found that “people drank more than usual on the same days that they engaged in more physical activity than usual,” the Times notes.

And that was whether they were young or old, male or female, a college student or retired from the workforce.

But there’s much more — read the full story at the New York Times.

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