How did you start your day—a bowl of cereal? A yoga session? A nice jog? An intense cross-training workout? According to a recent study at Northwestern University, the activities you do throughout the day could say something about how you end it—namely, how much you’re going to drink. While you probably expect the person whose most strenuous activity is eating bowl after bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch to tip back a few extra pints, the research actually discovered that those who go hard at the gym are also the most likely to go hard at the bar.
The study followed 150 people from 18 to 89 for three intervals of three weeks during a one-year period and found that on days when people are more physically active, they also tend to drink more. In some ways this information seems counterintuitive because alcohol—particularly in excess—is likely to undo all that work. But in another way it makes sense—you’ve earned that extra drink or nine. Work hard, party hard, if you will.
With that in mind, Fit Columbus has created a breakdown to give you an idea of how you will likely spend your night based on how you spent your day.
Exercise: Swift walk around the block
Drink: Ice water, maybe with a lemon if you’re feeling dangerous
Nighttime Activity: Catching up on Mad Men on your DVR with a bag of buttered popcorn
Exercise: Pranayama yoga
Drink: One glass of white wine, chilled
Nighttime Activity: Buzzed scrapbooking / scrolling through Pinterest on your iPad
Exercise: 18 holes of golf
Drink: Gatorade and vodka, Michelob Ultra
Nighttime Activity: Smoking cigars on a patio while still wearing shades to hide your sunburned raccoon eyes
Exercise: Rec league basketball
Drink: Beer, Jager, Fireball
Nighttime Activity: Drinking enough to counteract any benefit of playing hoops, reminiscing about when you were better at basketball
Exercise: Weightlifting, chest and arms
Drink: Bud Light, six-pack
Nighttime Activity: Talking about supplements, shirt off at the bar, flexing, pretending to be drunker than you actually are
Exercise: Bikram hot yoga
Drink: Several glasses of red wine
Nighttime Activity: At the club shakin’ it all night to C+C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
Drink: NorCal Margarita
Nighttime Activity: Checking restaurant menus for Paleo meals, judging everyone who drinks craft beer, seeing how many margs you can finish in 15 minutes
Exercise: Weightlifting, legs
Drink: Bud Light, 12-pack
Nighttime Activity: Smashing empty beer cans onto your head, dancing on a table at the bar, daring bouncers to fight
Exercise: Triathlon training
Drink: Vodka sodas
Nighttime Activity: Bar hopping through the Short North, Grandview, and Downtown, most likely on the Pedal Wagon
Exercise: Five-mile jog (a.m.); weightlifting (lunch break); indoor soccer (after work)
Nighttime Activity: Beer pong, quarters, Slip ‘N Slide flip cup, case race, Frisbeer, DAS BOOT!
Exercise: High-intensity interval training
Nighttime Activity: A beer to start, then SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!—a beer, a breather, round two—SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!
Exercise: Spartan Race, Beast version
Drink: Own tears
Nighttime Activity: Ice packs, ibuprofen, curled up on the couch catching up on Mad Men