It’s a well-known fact that people who exercise more tend to drink more, but a new study published in the Journal of Health Psychology goes further to suggest that exercisers consume more drinks specifically on the days they work out. (This is the case even when the scientists controlled for the fact that people also are inclined to drink more on the weekends, Thursday-Sunday.)
For the study, researchers asked participants to record on their smartphones how many times they exercised and drank alcohol every 21 days. Responses were recorded three times over the course of one year, which made the findings more accurate than previous research conducted over the course of 30 days.
Scientists say that the results could be due to many factors, including having less willpower on the weekends, a desire to “reward” oneself after a hard workout, or the fact that exercise has become a social activity and may lead to an inclination to drink afterwards.