Do Beer & Fitness Go Together?

Do Beer & Fitness Go Together?

The long and short of what I’ve learned over my four month hiatus from writing is that beer and fitness can go together, but it’s completely up to you to make it work. Unfortunately, as with most things, this is easier said than done. You see, I’ve never been a guy that has worried much about my physique because my metabolism has remained pretty solid since I’ve entered the “real world” after college.” For the most part, I’ve always ate and drank as much as I liked, whenever I liked without any repercussions.

However, a few months back I looked in the mirror and realized that I wasn’t happy with my appearance. A bit of that stereotypical beer belly had developed where the 6-pack I had back in the day had once been. It didn’t help that I was (and still am) a craft beer drinker, putting down brews that are a couple hundred calories a piece. And it didn’t help that the only exercise I got was my walk to the L so that I could head to whatever beer related event was going on every evening after work.

To get the results I was after, I dove in head first. I scaled back on the post-work social events that revolved around beer and started a pretty strict lifting routine. I also started paying more attention to what and when I was eating. What I didn’t do, was cut beer out of my life. In fact, I’m drinking a Beer Valley Brewing Company “Highway to Ale” barleywine as I write this and I’ll be bottling a Kahlua Milk Stout I’ve been working on for two months tomorrow.

Now, some of you may be asking why I think you care about this. So let me say that I know there are other men and women out there who love craft beer and want to get in better shape. I also know that there is an idea that everything in life is all or nothing – that you either give up the beer and hit the gym or you keep drinking the beer and continue down the path you’re on. So the reason I think you might care about this is that I’m a great example of the fact that you can get in great shape while continuing to enjoy the brews you always have.

My biggest takeaway from the last four months is that the adage “moderation is key” must be taken seriously. If you want to hit the gym and continue to drink top shelf brews, you’ll have to pay more attention to what you eat and drink the rest of the day. If you want to get into the best shape of your life and continue home brewing, you’ll have to give away a few more bottles than you used to. And, if you want to ignore my story and continue drinking, you’ll have to realize you lost the past five minutes of your life reading this.

With that being said, my challenge to you is to stop making excuses, decide if you want to make a change and realize that you don’t have to turn your entire life upside down to do it.


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