fter party time, it’s hangover time, courtesy of the drinks that you guzzled last night. After struggling to wake up, you’re desperate to find a quick antidote to the hangover, and exercising might be the last thing on your mind. And if you thought working out with a hangover is a bad idea, then think again. That’s because doing so, might actually help to get rid of the hangover. Read on to find out why...
How exercise helps?
Leena Mogre, director of Leena Mogre’s Fitness says that exercising is a good option to help get rid of a hang over. “When you do cardio exercises like brisk walking on the treadmill or even cycling, you end up sweating. This way, you are also sweating out the toxins gathered due to consumption of alcohol. There’s no reason why one should skip working out, unless one has an extremely severe hangover where he/she can’t even get out of bed, which can cause risk of injuries,” she says. Also because one isn’t in the best/alert state of mind during a hangover, she advises avoiding brisk walking in the open, especially on the roads, and stick to the gym.
Do low intensity exercises
Shalini Bhargava, fitness instructor at JG’s Fitness Centre believes it’s okay to workout when one has a hangover. “Doing a low intensity workout like stepping out in the open for a brisk walk or walking on the treadmill for about 30 to 40 minutes is advisable. One should avoid lifting heavy weights as there’s a lack of proper focus and concentration of the mind during a hangover,” she says.
Hydrate the body
Consumption of alcohol causes dehydration in the body. To top it off, if one is working out, then it becomes even more necessary to hydrate the body by drinking water. “Drinking water before, during and after working out is crucial. One doesn’t need to consume electrolyte drinks, as they’re not required since there’s already sugar present in the alcohol consumed. Also, because one is doing low intensity exercises, there’s no need to have electrolyte drinks. Water works just fine,” explains Bhargava.
Mogre too, echoes the same mantra of hydrating the body by drinking plenty of water saying, “Alcohol is present in the blood stream for around 24 hours, leaving one extremely dehydrated. Also, while working out, the muscles breakdown to give energy. Therefore, drinking lots of water is a must. Not adhering to this, one will get headaches, which will make the hangover even worse.”
And if you’re thinking of having a hot cuppa coffee to freshen up before hitting the gym, hold that thought as having coffee is a bad idea. As it is there’s dehydration due to alcohol, and drinking coffee will further cause more dehydration. Fruit juices are okay, but water is the best. Many a times, when people go drinking they end up nibbling on starters and not have a proper meal for dinner. In that case, not breakfast per se, but having a banana or some yoghurt/curds is ideal.
Stretch, if you can’t exercise
If one’s hangover is quite severe, then avoid exercising to avoiding risking injuries. In such a case, ststretching is a great option as this will make one feel better.