If you're one of those people who can roll out of bed after having one too many cocktails without a raging headache -- you're just plain lucky. But for the rest of us, serious thirst and an aching head can make it oh-so-easy to skip a planned workout. But should you still tackle that sweat session?
Abso-freaking-lutely. "Exercising when you're hung over helps you get rid of toxins from drinking," says certified personal trainer Matthew Kornblatt, founder of RightFit Nation. "You just sweat everything out." But you need to take extra precaution so that your hangover doesn't halt your workout progress.
Eat a meal with carbs, like oatmeal plus some fruit, an hour before your workout to restore your energy, he says. A cup of coffee will help wake your body and fire up your metabolism. Most importantly, drink a ton of water before and during your workout: a hangover usually means your body is dehydrated and needs H20.
As for what to do once your shoes are laced, Kornblatt recommends steering clear of high-intensity interval training or super tough workouts like CrossFit. "That's so much movement with so little rest that your body can't recovery quickly, especially when you're hung over," says Kornblatt. Instead, do some steady-state exercises like an easy run on the treadmill. If you prefer weight training, feel free to lift -- just tone down the reps and weight size to avoid overexerting yourself.
Still hungover? Here's a gentle yoga exercise to cure you.
Source: RightFit Nation