Managing The Festive Hangover

As we hit the festive period it can be all too easy to fall victim to that most dreaded of winter dangers: the hangover. If you work out regularly excess alcohol and late nights might also affect your training schedule, so if you do find yourself having over-indulged and your training has slipped, what are the best ways to kill too birds with one stone and clear your hangover while giving your body a refresher too? First up, prevention is way better than cure, if you can, then the advice to alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water if good advice, however the theory is somewhat easier than the practice. The next best thing is to drink at least a pint of water before bed, and take two large glasses of water to your bedside table. Every time you wake up thirsty, take a gulp. One of the reasons you feel so terrible with a hangover is that your body becomes dehydrated, so anything you can do to rehydrate is going to help you recover faster, hence the glasses of water by the bed. When you wake up carry on drinking water or a comforting mug of tea. Before you hit the gym it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve got some fuel in you for your workout, something easy to digest and with a low GI profile like porridge is ideal. Try adding sliced banana for a potassium boost as your body also needs minerals replacing. Eating will also fire up your metabolism. Wait at least an hour for your food to digest then when you hit the gym, don’t go too hard, your body is already working hard to process last night’s toxins, so slow, steady state exercise is best, a 30 minute run, cycle or row. Anytime you start to feel queasy, pause! You’re aiming to build a light sweat to help speed those toxins from the body, finish up with some stretching or light yoga for 10 to 20 minutes, and by the time you hit the showers you should be feeling the endorphins hitting your system making you feel more human again.

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