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Alcohol And Exercise Are Confined To The Same Four Days Of The Week

September 22, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A study that employed smartphones to record daily physical activity and alcohol intake found that the two behaviors tend to occur on the same days of the week – namely, Thursday through Sunday. U.S. researchers followed 150 men and women (ages 18 through 89) who recorded their physical activity and alcohol use at the end of the day for 21 days at a time, three times during the year. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were found to be slow days for exercise and drinking.  But when the “social weekend” kicked off on Thursdays, physical activity rose right along with alcohol imbibing. The researchers did not have an explanation for the curious pattern, but hoped that if one is found, it could help in development of beneficial interventions.
David E. Conroy et al., "Daily Physical Activity and Alcohol Use Across the Adult Lifespan.", Health Psychology, September 22, 2014, © American Psychological Association
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