Cabernet and Cardio? Fitness Together® Trainers Weigh In on the Relationship Between Drinking and Fitness During Alcohol Awareness Month | Business Wire

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fitness Together®, the largest one-on-one private, personal training

franchise in the U.S., is encouraging Americans to educate themselves

about the relationship between alcohol and fitness this April, which is

Alcohol Awareness Month.

“There are so many studies out there that say alcohol is bad and there

are also studies that say alcohol is good. So, who do we listen to?”

said Suzanne Caruso, certified nutritionist and personal trainer at

Fitness Together, Reading. “The key is moderation. If you’re the type of

person who can have one or two adult beverages and not have it affect

your normal eating habits and daily functions, then you should be ok. If

you're the type of person who finds yourself overindulging, then a

focus of reduction might be an appropriate game plan.”

Caruso, along with Fitness Together, Bethesda owner and certified

personal trainer Robin Coe, say alcohol can impact fitness performance

in a few ways:

  • Metabolism: Alcohol contains empty calories and those calories

    may reduce the rate of which other macronutrients are metabolized. The

    body must metabolize alcohol before it can get to food, often leading

    to excess calorie storage.

  • Hydration: Drinking alcohol after a workout will adversely

    affect the body’s ability to replenish glycogen, which is the

    substance in our bodily tissue that stores carbohydrates. After

    strength training or high-intensity cardio, the muscles are already

    dehydrated. Drinking alcohol can further dehydrate the body and

    prolong muscle recovery. In some cases, muscles may not function

    optimally for three to five days.

  • Food Selection: Alcohol can lower the body and mind’s ability

    to choose proper food sources. Instead of having a well-balanced,

    protein-based meal, a person who's had a few too many drinks may

    inadvertently choose foods that are at the bottom of the food

    continuum –. Lose-Lose situation if one is trying to lose weight and or

    body fat.

  • Physical Performance: Fitness routines, athletic performance

    and muscles are all impacted by alcohol. Alcohol reduces our ability

    to recover and it certainly reduces our ability to perform. Alcohol

    can delay the recovery process, cause hormone disruption and interrupt

    sleep patterns. If you want to operate at peak performance or you've

    a competition coming up, you might want to ditch the alcohol. After

    the event is over, it’s ok to get together with

    teammates/competitors/friends/family and celebrate. But again, one or

    two beverages should be the norm.

“Moderate alcohol shouldn’t ruin your fitness routine. However, if you

are looking for the ‘six-pack abs’. You'll need to say no to booze,”

adds Coe. “Alcohol produces excess and unnecessary calories for your

body. As long as you’re realistic with your goals in relation to your

alcohol consumption, having a 5oz glass of wine 3 times per week is


A highly-recommended book and resource for exploring whether you've a

healthy relationship with alcohol is This Naked Mind: Control

Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness &. Change Your Life by

Annie Grace.

Additionally, Robin and Suzanne recommend booking a private training

session and nutrition consultation at Fitness

Together. There are currently over 140 convenient Fitness Together

locations throughout the U.S. To find a location near you, go to

About Fitness Together

Fitness Together® is a one-on-one private, personal training franchise

focused on changing clients’ lives with improved fitness and health.

Whether the aim is to lose weight or achieve better health, Fitness

Together® pairs clients with a personal trainer and a workout plan

tailored for their goals. To learn more, visit

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