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Can you cure a hangover with a workout?

“You can sweat out the toxins from drinking, so that could help but sweating also dehydrates you when you’re already dehydrated so you’ve got to be careful of that.”

We’ve all been there, fuzzy after a big night (or in) and using every trick in the book to feel a little more lifelike.  

So, is exercise the miracle cure?

We asked Aquanation Personal Trainer, Diana Edmonds, whether you can sweat out a hangover.

Can you sweat out a hangover?

Let’s cut to the chase, is sweating it out the golden ticket to recovering from a big night? According to Edmonds, not necessarily.

“You can sweat out the toxins from drinking, so that could help but sweating also dehydrates you when you’re already dehydrated so you’ve got to be careful of that.”

The personal trainer explains that a workout might help to an extent, but it won’t necessarily cure your hazy state.  

Got the big night blues?

If you’re feeling a little glum waking up after your party animal ways, a light workout might be just what your emotions ordered.

“Exercise releases endorphins, the happy hormone, so you might feel a little happier but again it’s not a good idea to do any intense exercise because then you might feel sick and not so happy,” suggests Edmonds.

So, should you avoid exercise after a big night?

For Edmonds, it’s not the worst idea to do some exercise to freshen up.

“Working out might help you feel a little bit better but I wouldn’t recommend an intense workout.”

Instead, the personal trainer recommends “do something slow to moderate, start slow and gradually increase intensity but not too intense.”

If you do want to hit the gym, Edmonds recommends “bodyweight squats, planks and push-ups are good options.”

Whatever you end up doing in the gym, the personal trainer suggests keeping it simple because you’re likely to be a little less coordinated than usual.

Edmonds adds there’s nothing like a bit of fresh air to feel a little perkier. “Go for a walk or a jog outside, that way you get some fresh air and vitamin D.”

Or there is of course the best way to feel better in the morning - reigning in the party animal ways.

 

Diana Edmonds is a Personal trainer at Aquanation and Aquahub with a Diploma in Nutrition and a Certificate III and IV in Fitness (Master Trainer). Learn more.