Dry July, is a charity that raises money to help support people living with cancer, offering respite for families and funds that may not have otherwise been available. It also encourages you to look at your drinking habits and balance out your lifestyle.
We’ve encouraged you to do dry July this month not because we like to be militant personal trainers but because we can see the benefits of staying off of alcohol for a whole month and how that one sacrifice could transpire in to other health benefits. Think about waking up fresh for a whole 30 days. Not waking up with a fuzzy head. Taking each day by the horns and making each day count. Alcohol has no nutritious benefit; it is said to be ‘empty’ calories. And it can usually lead to poorer food choices while drinking or the day afterwards. So in winter when people tend to over eat anyway and put on a few more kilos due to the types of foods that they over eat on (bread, pasta, mashed potato) throw the consumption of alcohol in to the mix and you start to really raise your calorie intake. And we all know that if you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.
Now let’s go back to another drawback of alcohol – the way it makes you feel the next day. If you wake up feeling groggy, you are less inclined to want to do anything more than you have to. And that includes going to the gym. And getting you to the gym more, is what we are about. Therefore, if not having alcohol would get you to the gym more often this month – then we are all for it!
During winter – it is a lot harder to get yourself motivated to go to the gym. If you could eliminate one of the factors that make you less inclined to go to the gym, then that is a start.
But it is more than that. Saying to yourself that you will not drink for a month, and in July you can do it for charity, makes you more in control of yourself. It is always nice to come home from a hard day at work and unwind with a glass of wine. But what if you could unwind another way? A healthier way? Have a hot bath, do some yoga, meditate? These are not your only options. But help yourself unwind in a way that your body will thank you for in the long run. Not with a drink that doesn’t help your future self.
We are more than half way through July now but it is still a train of thought that you could consider. Talk to your trainer about. Anything that makes you feel better about yourself and more inclined to come to the gym works for us. Think of the money that you could save if you didn’t stop at the bottle shop on the way home from work for a month. Think of the choices that you would make if you didn’t have a drink. If anything, it will make you more conscious of your drinking habits for a while. And the best part about it – you are doing it for a good cause! Having the will power to not drink for a month could give you the motivation to give up other vices as well. To know that you have the will power to abstain from other things like junk food or smoking. We think it’s a great way to introduce healthier living habits in to your routine.
So even if you haven’t been ‘Dry’ for the whole of this July. Please consider it for the rest of the month. Or even consider doing 30 days’ alcohol free anytime. And if you have been doing Dry July, good for you! We hope you are feeling better for it and that you have managed to raise some money for a really worthy cause. And maybe you will consider cutting down on your alcohol intake moving forward. We would love to hear about your journey, feel free to contact us. Or if you do need some advice on healthier habits – we are always here to help.