To your health!
Is it possible to incorporate cocktails into a healthful lifestyle? That's the question I explore in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column. The short answer is that each of us should review alcohol's potential risks and benefits in light of our own physical condition and health history when deciding whether to imbibe.
Mark Crick is a good example of someone who's made room for both physical fitness and enjoyment of alcohol in his life. A former professional rugby player, Crick now co-owns Balance Sport and Fitness, a gym just north of Dupont Circle. Crick helps clients work hard to meet their fitness goals. But, he says, "We're a very social gym. We do have happy hour, and we do have alcohol."
Crick points out that if your chief fitness goal is to lose weight, then you probably should cut back on drinking to reduce your calorie intake. He adds that when he was at the peak of his rugby career, he would forgo regular drinking -- though he always enjoyed downing a beer with teammates and opponents after a fierce match, a tradition he says attracted him to the sport in the first place.
Nowadays, though he remains in excellent physical shape, "I'm not intent enough on being in my best shape to forgo the pleasure of a social drink."
How about you? Do you manage to accommodate an occasional -- or a regular -- tipple in your health-conscious lifestyle? Or do you feel that drinking is incompatible with maintaining top physical condition?
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