The healthy way to recover from the night before.
The best way to cure a hangover? A hangover-friendly workout that will reset your body and sweat out some of last night’s toxins.
Dragging yourself out of the dark, comfy confines of your bed after a big night out may be the last thing you feel like doing, especially when a bucket of greasy fries and your latest Netflix addiction is calling, but it’s actually the best way to kick that hangover to the curb and recover to a semi-normal state.
Even science thinks it’s a good idea. According to The New York Times a study involving mice found that after consuming alcohol and then having some of the mice exercise on a treadmill resulted in those mice having the same number of neurons in their brain as the mice who hadn’t had any alcohol. Whereas the mice who had alcohol but didn’t work out had less neurons than both groups. Exercising actually helped the brain recover.
However, throwing yourself into a brutally hard workout after a big blowout is probably going to hurt more than it will help with the dehydration situation a big morning-after problem.
So, what’s the best way to work out when you’re hungover to get the most benefits? Vogue took this question to an expert, calling on fitness guru Dan Henderson, who trains trainers around the world through his Functional Training Institute, to give his advice on hangover-friendly workouts and how else to manage the morning after the night before. Do try this at home.
What is the best way to work out with a hangover?
“A hangover workout should be moderate in nature. We need to get the balance right between getting those incredible exercise endorphins and not overdoing it so we feel completely drained and dehydrated.”
“A good hangover workout should have a few key components: it should gradually increase your core body temperature and heart rate; it should be a constant steady state of a workout as opposed to HIIT style of session; it should be basic in nature and not include anything too complex or movements; bodyweight and callisthenics are recommended as they risk for injury is lower. [Finally], if you can work out outdoors then even better. The fresh air, sun and nature are the perfect elixr to feeling horrible.”
Henderson advises, “A sample workout may include a 100 metre very light jog; 30 second flat plank; 10 air squats; 10 walking lunges; 30 second side plank each side. Repeat six-to-10 times depending on how you feel. Movements such as lunges, squats, push-ups, planks, jumping jacks, light jogging etc. are perfect for hangover workouts.”
How should you take care of the hangover dehydration element when exercising?
“One of the by-products of a hangover is generally dehydration and managing the dehydration is absolutely paramount. Alcohol is a diuretic and it causes the body to lose more water than it takes in. If you are consuming multiple alcoholic drinks and failing to replenish your body with water and electrolytes then the likely outcome is dehydration. Exercise induces sweating and this can compound the dehydration. Therefore, not only is it important that we undertake a workout that isn’t too intense but also frequently take small sips of water throughout the training session.”
“The takeaway would be exercise regularly and drink moderately. However, if you are going to drink more excessively then it would be wise to increase your activity levels if you want to mitigate major health risks.”
From Vogue Australia