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Working out with a Hangover

It's that time of year. Lots of holidays and with the holidays come lots of get-togethers and lots of parties.

working out with a hangover after new year's eve parties

You may or may not have been hungover one or more days in the last several weeks and with New Year's Eve this weekend, you may or may not have another one on your calendar. It's all fun and games until you open your eyes the next morning, right?


So what about the morning after? Waking up on the morning after a night of indulging in too much food or drinks, only to find yourself feeling like you've been hit by a truck driven by The Grinch? You might be wondering if it’s even possible to work out with a hangover.


The answer is yes, you can—but there are a few things to keep in mind before lacing up your sneakers. In this post, we’ll look at who should exercise with a hangover and what tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your workout.


Working out with a Hangover - Why?


When you have a hangover, it's tempting to just bundle up in bed and watch Netflix all day. But believe it or not, working out on a hangover can actually help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with it. Exercise increases circulation throughout your body, which helps improve blood flow to the brain. This means that exercising while hungover can help reduce headaches, improve concentration levels, and give you an energy boost. Exercise also helps release endorphins into your system which will make you feel better overall.


Tips for Working out with a Hangover


Now that we know why working out while hung over can be beneficial, let's take a look at some tips for how to do so safely and effectively.

  1. First and foremost, listen to your body! If you're feeling really run down or lightheaded after drinking too much alcohol the night before, then consider taking it easy during your next workout session or skipping it altogether if necessary. White Goodman may not like it, but for the rest of us, a day off here and there is ok.

  2. Start off slow by doing some low-intensity exercises such as walking or yoga instead of jumping into a high-intensity class right away.

  3. Make sure that you drink plenty of water before and during your workout; dehydration is one of the main side effects of drinking alcohol so rehydrating should be a top priority when exercising with a hangover!

  4. Try adding some electrolytes (like coconut water) into your pre-workout routine as well; this will help replenish any electrolytes lost from drinking alcohol the night before.

Exercise is an excellent way to help relieve the symptoms of a hangover—as long as done correctly! Make sure that you always listen to your body first and don't push yourself too hard if you're feeling particularly run down after drinking too much alcohol the night before. Drink plenty of water both before and during your workout session in order to stay hydrated; consider adding some electrolytes as well for extra recovery benefits! By following these tips for working out with a hangover, hopefully, you'll be able to get back on track quickly without sacrificing any progress towards reaching those fitness goals!


Now that we're heading into the new year, if you're not already a member of Upgrade Group Training, take advantage of a New Year's offer of your first month for $23. Let's start 2023 right (after we're over our New Year's hangovers).


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