There’s no question about it. Alcohol and athletics don’t mix, because it makes an impact on your recovery which is critical to reaching your optimal performance and fitness levels. Unfortunately, too many sports have created an entire culture based around drinking for fans and athletes alike. In fact, binge drinking is so prevalent in sports that studies suggest that athletes are more likely than the general population to drink in excess (1, 2).
If you’re working towards achieving or maintaining a healthy weight, an invitation to a holiday party featuring tempting desserts, drinks, and snacks can feel more like a test of willpower than a celebration. You don’t need an iron will to stay on track at a party—you just need a game plan.
Cleansing can take a lot of effort, and all that hard work to improve your health shouldn’t go unrecognized so why not reward yourself on a Cleanse Day with a deserved drink or two, or [...]