How To Workout With A Hangover
After a night out that led to a blurry morning the last thing on the planet you want to do is think about working out hungover. You would rather go through the torture of calling your ex to say you miss him then find the energy to burn off the cocktails you slammed back or the late night pizza you devoured at 3AM but then, it hits you. Gigi didn’t get her waistline and perfectly sculpted abs by staying in bed nursing a hangover with a diet coke and cheeseburger and for a split second you have the motivation to hit the gym. KEEP THAT MOTIVATION ALIVE. Come on, get up. I’ll walk you through it all. One slow step at a time.
How To Workout With A Hangover:
WHERE TO START
If your mouth feels like the Sahara Dessert it’s time to hydrate. Your hope of surviving this workout depends on how hydrated you can get your body so, start chugging. If your body is craving greasy food, tough luck because that’s not what I’m about to suggest. Proteins and carbs are going to be the ones that turn the morning around for the better so scramble up some eggs or make a bowl of oatmeal with sliced banana. Since you’re already up and moving the trick here is to not sit back down or else you're doomed. Pour yourself another glass of water, put a pair of leggings on and throw your hair into a bun – it’s go time.
I’m not suggesting that you lace up your sneakers to run a marathon and top it off with a hot yoga class. The idea here is to get your body moving and the endorphins pumping. It may sound like pure hell but the aftermath is worth it. Choose an activity, on the lighter side, that will leave you with a good sweat. This is not the time to be the hero or strive to hit your personal best in the weight room. You don’t want to run the risk of injury so it’s important to listen to your body.
THE BEST WORKOUTS TO DO
1. Walk It Out
Depending on the level of your hangover the best you may be able to accomplish is a walk around your neighborhood. If that’s all you got in you, go for it!
2. Run Away
Going for a run is a solid exercise that even your hangover will appreciate. The quicker you start the sooner you’ll be done and back on the couch so, put your headphones on and just do it.
3. Spin Class
In my opinion, this is your best option. Being in a dark room sitting on a bike that isn’t actually going anywhere and pushing yourself at your own pace – sounds like a hangover workout match made in heaven.
4. Barre Class
Even though lifting 2 lbs weights will somehow have your whole body shaking, attending a barre class is an ideal workout for when you wake up feeling thinking, “I’m never drinking again.” This is also another stationary yet effective exercise option!
THE WORST WORKOUTS TO DO
Unless you’re an absolute freak and your body can handle what most others can’t, do not participate in boot camp styled classes or hot yoga. I’m not sure I need to explain why because if you have ever had three too many drinks in your life you will understand that participating in either of those exercises is a hard no.
Tequila is not your friend,
PHOTO CREDIT: JOEL ERIKSSON