With alcohol, the possibilities are endless. You can create the perfect cocktail with a combination of spirits, wine, beer, juice or soda. The squeeze of a lime, lemon or orange will transform a so-so drink into a delectable experience. The right mixture of sweet and sour, fizzed and flat, and dark and light make a beverage unique and delightfully good. You’ve tried them all, narrowing down the list of acceptable mixers until you are certain that your selections are the best of the best. But you may have forgotten to include the crème de la crème of mixers, the one addition that can turn any drink into a magical elixir: exercise.
A combination of moderate drinking and regular physical activity significantly decreases an individual’s chance of premature death from cardiovascular disease and other causes. In a study of approximately 12,000 men and women over 20 years, researchers found that being an inactive teetotaler or sedentary sot increased the risk of dying from heart disease by 30-49 percent. Adding activity, for the abstainers, lowered that number but it didn’t eliminate it. The best bet, then, is to do a little bit of both, but don’t get carried away.
As with any alcohol-related finding, you must keep in mind moderation. A healthy amount of alcohol is no more than 2 drinks a night, drinks that are of normal size. Have a glass of wine, a bottle of beer or a single measure of spirits. Don’t have enough to send you reeling. After all, you do have to exercise afterwards to reap the real rewards, and you can’t do that intoxicated.
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