Moderate exercise may lessen some of the negative health effects of booze. That comes from a recent report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Exercising the recommended amount “appeared to wipe off completely” the inflated risk of cancer death resulting from alcohol, said (senior author Dr. Emmanuel) Stamatakis. Similar physical activity also offset the increased risk of all-cause mortality linked to drinking. Exercising more provided slightly better results.One thing exercise did not moderate, though, was death risk among those who drank at harmful levels — “over 20 US standard drinks per week for women and over 28 US standard drinks for men,” said Stamatakis.
- Walking fast
- Doing water aerobics
- Riding a bike on level ground or with few hills
- Playing doubles tennis, and
- Pushing a lawn mower
However, this new study does not mean you can exercise away all of the harm that drinking can cause. Time Magazine wrote:
But that doesn’t mean that you can drink with abandon and expect a few hours at the gym or a walking the dog to negate your indulging. Stamatakis notes that while his study found a potential protective effect on deaths from cancer if alcohol is considered together with exercise, drinking comes with a range of other health issues, some of which can impact mortality in other ways, including liver problems, domestic violence and depression. As tempting as it might be to think you can exercise away your night of drinking, it’s still best, says Stamatakis, to “stay within recommended limits and avoid binge drinking.”