Let’s face it, being hungover is the WORST. As if you didn’t already have enough regret about the previous night’s debauchery. You’ve probably heard a lot of myths and tricks about curing a hangover, but one of the most controversial ones is exercise. Should you exercise even when standing up feels like a big effort? While it’s true that exercise can help you sweat out the toxins in your body and get rid of excess alcohol in your blood stream, it can also be damaging.
One of the biggest reasons not to exercise intensely is dehydration. If you’re hungover, your body is already dehydrated and exercise could intensify the effects, causing nausea and dizziness. In addition, you’re probably less coordinated when you’re hungover, meaning running on a treadmill or using other weight machines could be dangerous.
The best thing you can do for your body when you’re hungover is give it time to heal. Drink lots and lots of water, rest and eat nourishing food that will help you regain your energy. Eggs, fruit and soup are healthy and hydrating foods to eat while hungover.
That’s not to say that all exercise is bad for a hangover though. Moving your body can be a great way to get the blood flowing, and get your body back to normal. Instead of hitting the gym, try an at-home yoga routine with lots of stretching. Fresh air can also be a huge help. Go for a walk or do some stretching outside to feel refreshed and balanced.
The biggest lesson here is to listen to your body. If you start to feel ill or lightheaded, take a break and lie down. The workout can wait until tomorrow.