What does a craft beer have that mass produced beers don’t have. Maybe it’s the fact that the brewers focus on appearance, flavor, and aroma. They want to appeal to an audience of professionals and those interested more in flavor than quantity drank at one sitting. Here are the good reasons for drinking beer and running.
#1. Keeps your ticker ticking, we’re talking Heart Health!
Beer is just as heart healthy of a beverage as that glass of wine everyone usually gives all the credit to. Researchers in Italy found that moderate beer drinkers have a 42 % lower risk of heart disease (especially in men). That is those who keep their consumption to 5% alcohol by volume a day. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that number for men to be at 40 to 60% of a reduced risk, and added the words “healthy lifestyles”. Then just recently the National Institute of Health came out with a study that showed frequent drinking by men in moderation had a 20% lower cardiovascular death rate. Their meaning of moderate drinking is 120 to 365 days a year. They do note in these studies that overdoing it can have the opposite effect. Let’s not forget strokes heart healthy means preventing the formation of blood clots in the arteries in the heart, neck and brain, non-blocked arteries is a good thing! Running is your added bonus to keeping the risk of heart attacks reduced.
#2. Gives your brain a boost; yep we’re talking better Cognitive Function.
Yep research suggests moderate drinking may be associated with better cognitive function (especially in women). The American Heart Association (there is that word heart again) did the first study. Then the Journal of the American Medical Association came out with a study that showed adults who consume one to six alcoholic beverages a week have a lower risk of dementia and we know dementia is not a brains friend. Now while a beer or two a day can’t make you smarter, it could boost your creativity a bit. Another study showed men watching a movie while completing verbal puzzles were a bit slower at solving the puzzles than the men with a blood alcohol content of .075!!!, Go Beer! What great things can running do for the brain? How about building confidence, character, and provides one with a sense of empowerment. There is also the removal of stress, improvement of mood and well, running just makes one feel Good!
#3. Helps Prevent type 2 Diabetes.
A Dutch study done with 38,000 males showed that when men who started drinking moderately over 4 years, were less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Men who already were moderate drinkers risk didn’t lower if alcohol consumption was increased. Other similar studies show that people with diabetes who drink moderately can reduce risk of coronary heart disease also. Did you ever think a researcher would find that a light drinking habit may keep both men and women from developing Type 2 diabetes? The reason they find this is a result of increased insulin sensitivity or anti-inflammatory effects. Just remember moderation is the key, stick to a beer or two a day if that.
Beer may play a role in preventing bone loss and rebuilding bone mass in men and young women due to the beverage’s high silicon content. This study brought to you by Tufts University, found that a couple beers a day could actually strengthen your bones. They found men who had a couple beers a day had up to 4.5 % greater bone density than non-drinkers. But, (Yes, there is always a but), increase your drinking by more than two beers a day and you may find a lower bone density by up to 5.2 % researchers say the hops in beer may be responsible for the correlation. Running also has shown to prevent muscle and bone loss caused by aging. (I see a 5K beer fun run in your future?)
#5. Recover faster from that Work Out.
After the work out you reach for something to replace fluids and sodium lost, something that supply’s the body with carbohydrates. Now you can do that with a heady brew according to a Spanish study. The study had people exercise until their body temperature reached 104 degrees, and then gave some beer & some water. What they found was the beer mad them slightly more hydrated than those who had H2O.
#6. See things better.
Canadian researchers found a beer a day, can keep the doctor away! A lager or stout can help increase antioxidant activity that can stop cataracts from forming in the eyes. But, (Yes, there is always a but), they also found three or more beers a day had a total opposite, so here is that word moderation again.
#7. Get your Good Cholesterol On.
Study done by the Boston University School of Medicine, found moderate drinking of beer & alcohol can raise high-density lipoprotein or HDL. (Good cholesterol) Running also has proven to raises good cholesterol. (Again, I see a 5K beer fun run in your future?)
#8. Lower that Blood Pressure.
Harvard researchers had a study too and found drinking beer in moderation can lower ones risk for hypertension. They also found this wasn’t so for those who sip wine or cocktails. Good to know there is something that lowers the risk of fatal and non-fatal heart attacks. The 65 million people in the United States who have a risk in heart disease and death need to hear this. Let’s add that daily running strengthens the heart and lowers blood pressure as well.
#9. Staying Healthy and Living Longer.
Studies done over last 15 years show us an association between moderate drinking & living longer. As you read above lowering blood pressure and increasing heart health tie in to this also. Yes moderate enjoyment of beer might boost your immune system and fight infections. Also found in these studies is that runners actually live longer and have a higher quality of life in later years then non-runners. So to fight off infection, disease, and better create a higher concentration of white blood cells, boosting the immune system, you can also RUN! Yep and don’t forget to hydrated with a beer. Added note on the benefits of running, it can decreased risk of cancer, neurological disease, osteoarthritis and knee replacements, and other causes of death then non-runners.
#10. Run the Bad Ass Beer Run.
Socializing with people with same interests, i.e. Craft Beer / Running helps one to make new friends, and having friends in one’s life is proven to keep one active and healthy. Both the running and craft beer community is a large potential friend pool to pull from. All these potential running friends will taste great craft beer alongside you and cheer you on throughout the 1K or 5K at the Bad Ass Beer Run. Everyone needs motivating and friendly people in their life, let us help you make new friends, get a little fitter, and enjoy some great craft beer.
Oh and just to make sure you have a good time keeping active and fit, we’re going to have two bands, an obstacle course option along the 1K, great food trucks, along with over five brewery’s at the event to taste from. Don’t miss the Bad Ass Beer run, because all other runs were just a warm up!
Yes, here’s the but
Studies show men who knock back five or more alcohol drinks when they did indulge had a 30% greater risk for death via heart disease. While beer isn’t good for everyone, those who enjoy it need to remember that moderation word. Other studies have shown that consuming two or more glasses of alcohol a day may increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer; again we use the moderation word. Very few medical experts will suggest that a non-drinker take up the habit just for the health benefits, when exercise and a good diet can produce similar benefits. But again for those who want to enjoy some craft beer while enjoying a good run with an obstacle course option, there is the Bad Ass Beer Run.
In moderation, the most important words that really go with everything you do in life. While the alcohol content, as well as vitamins and minerals, in beer are what studies are finding that makes a difference. There also finding that people who drink beer, spirits or wine tend to report fewer instances of ill health than those who are non-drinkers. In moderation is what works, consumption of too much alcohol will lead to poor health. We’re not doctors or health experts, search out the studies done on these areas and read them, then discuss with your personal doctor or health care provider. DO NOT start drinking a lot of beer and tell everyone you get your health advice from The Bad Ass Beer Run.