So how do I actually make this (relatively) guilt-free drinking happen?
The key, of course, is to make sure you're actually meeting standard exercise guidelines. The American College of Sports Medicine breaks them into four subcategories: cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility training, and neuromotor training.
The guidelines allow for a lot of flexibility when it comes to planning a weekly routine, but the long list of recommendations can feel overwhelming, especially if you're a busy professional who's already having a hard time fitting in exercise.
Fortunately, they can pretty much be summed up in four bullet points you can (believe it or not) fit into a 30-minute-a-day schedule… even if it seems impossible. The basic guidelines are:
- Engage in 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity cardio
- Strength train at least twice a week
- Stretch at least twice a week
- Perform exercises that challenge your balance, coordination, and agility
The ultimate drinker's workout routine
The key to scheduling an effective alcohol-canceling workout that still gives you enough free time to meet your friends for happy hour all lies in programming. Certain types of strength training -- particularly circuit workouts -- double as cardio, so you can kill two birds with one stone.