After a night out, you often don't feel like exercising the next day. Especially if you're hung over.
Yet exercising after a night out is certainly not a bad idea. It can even help you feel fitter and get rid of the hangover sooner.
Opinions are divided as to whether or not you can exercise with a hangover. Some people swear by exercising after a night out, while others say it is very unhealthy. Of course, it's not always healthy to work out with a hangover. If you feel so miserable that you literally can't take a step and can't keep down food or drink, running to the toilet is probably enough work-out for you. In that case, we recommend that you just stay in bed for the day. But if you're just tired, a little exercise can speed up the process of breaking down the toxins in your body and so make your hangover go away faster.
What should you remember when exercising with a hangover?
Last night's alcohol will have dehydrated your body. You're short on fluids. Before you start exercising make sure you top up your fluid levels by drinking a lot of water or a sports drink. And have a light breakfast, like fruit and yoghurt. Your fluid deficit means it is not a good idea to do a very heavy workout. Choose a lighter option, such as simple strength training or a quiet few kilometres jogging. A group class in body balance or yoga can also help. Whatever you choose, take it easy and make sure you keep drinking enough while exercising. Take a break if the training gets too hard-going. You can leave today's results out of your personal records. You can think about that again when you've conquered your hangover. Outdoor air also helps counteract a hangover. So go exercise outside, or come to the gym by bike!