Alcohol may taste and feel good going down at first, but it has negative consequences in the ensuing hours. We're sure you've experienced this "pain." Though some swear by coffee as a hangover remedy, exercise is actually one of the best cures.
Working out after a long night certainly doesn't sound as appealing as sleeping in and gorging on a greasy burger and fries later, but it works.
As long as you hydrate before, during and after a workout, you'll have an excellent chance of rebounding to your normal state of mind and body.
How A Sweat Session Alleviates A Hangover
The magic of exercise partially lies in the fact that it eliminates harmful toxins from the body. If you work out with enough intensity to break a sweat, most of those nasty toxins will exit through your pores.
However, taking it to the max with an intense CrossFit workout or a competitive racquetball match is a mistake. Exercising with extreme intensity creates so much movement that your body won't be able to recover in a timely or thorough manner.
Go for a light run outdoors or on the treadmill. Do a light weight training session with fewer reps and lighter weights than normal. The key is to break a sweat so those unsavory toxins have an avenue to exit your system. Soaking those toxins up with bread is not the solution, as tasty as that may sound.
Be Careful With Your Hangover Workout
Going all out during your workout while suffering from a hangover has the potential to backfire. Do not push yourself to the max after a night of drinking. Be sure to drink water and/or a sports drink with electrolytes to hydrate and replenish your system — the night of and throughout the next day. Also, be sure to consume some carbohydrates in the form of fruit and/or oatmeal at least an hour before you hit the gym.
Though coffee will certainly stimulate your system, it will also dehydrate your already water-zapped body. Do not lose sight of the fact that alcohol forces you to excrete water at a rapid rate. Provide your body with the proper fuel and you will greatly reduce the odds of a workout disaster in which your already-taxed body gives out.
Exercise Is The Ultimate Anti-Depressant
Exercise has the power to heal the mind as well as the body. Physical activity spurs the release of hormones and neurochemicals like adrenaline and endorphins. These “happy chemicals” make you feel better mentally and physically. This is exactly what you need in the midst of a depressing hangover.
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