Can exercise help clear hangovers?
How many times have you woke up with a splitting headache and feeling nauseous after a long night of drinking?
I’ve done it plenty of times. Last week I was in Benidorm for four days.
A big group of us flew over to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
It was four long days of partying and drinking way too much alcohol.
But, I managed to keep the dreaded hangovers to a minimum. tensity; it was just enough to get out of breath and get a sweat on. I simply lifted some weights and done a little bit of cardio. While exercise won’t cure your hangover completely, it can counteract some of the side effects of too much alcohol so you get over your hangover faster.
Alcohol acts as a depressant to your body, which means it slows your brain activity.
This also slows the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormones that can help regulate your mood.
Because of this effect, you may wake up the next morning feeling tired, lethargic and depressed.
Moving your body and getting some exercise, even when you don’t necessarily feel like exercising, can help stimulate the release of endorphins again.
This will result in a better mood and a better state of mind as you recover from your hangover.
It may not be a good idea to go for a strenuous run after you’ve overindulged in alcohol.
Instead, try some lower-intensity exercises that can help restore your mood and energy without making you feel sick.
Yoga, gentle stretching, light aerobics, dance and swimming can all help you feel better without making your hangover symptoms worse.
Listen to your body and stop if you feel sick, dizzy or your headache becomes worse.
While exercising, it’s really important that you hydrate your body properly.
Alcohol can have a dehydrating effect on your body, which means you could suffer from dehydration more quickly than normal when you exercise.
Keep a water bottle nearby and drink at least 200-300ml of water every 10 to 20 minutes that you exercise.
You’ll also want to continue drinking water throughout the day to help reduce your hangover symptoms.