Alcohol might help enhance your exercise high
All this anecdotal evidence is nice, but where's the science? Well, there’s an interesting angle that scientists have considered: the potential combined “high” induced by exercise and drinking. And who doesn’t love a better high?
In a study just published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, the authors point out that the reward receptors in rats’ brains light up in response to exercise and drinking, albeit in slightly different ways. When given the chance to exercise and drink, rats took the bait (figuratively speaking) and did both, rather than opt for one or the other.
No similar studies have been done on humans, so it’s an imperfect supposition, but it’s not a huge leap to assume humans might have a similar cognitive experience. If an exercise buzz feels good, and an alcohol buzz also feels good, but different, why not combine the two for double the buzz?
So if you're considering signing up for a race, make sure it offers a beer at the end. Not only will you have a reason to finish, but you might be able to take that runner's high up one more notch.
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Laura Williams is an exercise physiologist and fitness writer who doesn't always love exercise, but always does it anyway. Tell her all the ways you're adulting today on Twitter @girlsgonesporty.