NOW THAT 2019 HAS ARRIVED, THE PARTY ATMOSPHERE OF THE PRE-HOLIDAY PERIOD HAS SUBSIDED. Still, not everyone will welcome discussion of weighty issues. If you haven't already been considering abstaining or decreasing alcohol consumption for health reasons, as addressed in an article by Julia Malacoff for SHAPE.com, "Why More Health-Minded People Are Practicing Sobriety?", you will likely skip this post.
However, if you, alone or with other friends or family members, have casually but increasingly mentioned wanting to cut down on alcoholic beverage intake, you might find Malacoff's piece motivating.
The reasons need not concern addiction, but weight loss or maintenance, cancer prevention, better quality sleep, improved fitness and athletic performance, personal safety, etc., just as the article mentions. From my perspective, bone health is high on the list of arguments for limiting alcohol.
As many write and revise New Year resolutions that hopefully will put us on track for a healthier AND FITTER year, it's encouraging to know that we might be part of a broader movement that makes it more socially acceptable to opt for alternative, non-alcoholic refreshment.
Like the 'unplugging' movement, sobriety initiatives can offer a glimpse of the "less is more" side of life's pleasures. It's cool to celebrate in more than one way!
Consider a trial of sobriety like "Dry January" this month to test the effect on your athletic performance and fitness.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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