How to “Work Out” a Hangover

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The Hangover Tricks

The first thing you need to do is get rid of the expectation, “you can sweat it out.” Because, sadly, you cannot. Your body metabolizes about 1 drink per hour, so most of the alcohol is out of your system by the morning, and now you have to deal with the aftermath. 

The effects: Since alcohol increases the need to urinate, you end up being super dehydrated the next day, and that wonderful night full of spirits and laughter now feels like a death-sentence.  Also, according to the Mayo Clinic: Alcohol triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system. Your immune system may trigger certain agents that commonly produce physical symptoms, such as an inability to concentrate, memory problems, decreased appetite and loss of interest in usual activities.

Having said this, the most important thing a good sweat session can provide is… drum rolllllll…. the endorphins needed to pull you through the day! Enter your best friends, your endorphins. When you have depleted all your serotonin, as alcohol is a depressant, your body will crave happiness in the form of McDonald’s, naps, and sugary drinks. Which is a temporary fix that has long-term, negative consequences. Avoid all of that mess by working out in the morning/late morning. Working out helps produce the endorphins necessary to curb sugar and salt cravings throughout your day, help you to avoid moodiness, and increase your ability to focus and to make better decisions.  

So now let’s talk strategy. Because you aren’t going to feel great being active. The trick I like to try is giving it a 10-minute rule to decide whether or not you can make this workout a good one or not. For example, give it a 10-minute warmup run, and you will either feel like you can do active recovery intervals, or if you need to go loooooong and steady to just get happy. Just don’t give up. You already feel bad, now don’t blow your own confidence too. Strategy number 2: turn it into something positive. Understand that life is all about balance, and be proud of the fact that you have an interest in still maintaining your fitness even when you feel like death. Finish the drill. That my friends, is mental and physical strength. 

 

Supplement tricks: For the morning: amino acids and a banana before you work out, and for the night: 2 bottles of water, 1 teaspoon of Glutamine and 2 Ibuprofen.