Can You Really Cure A Hangover By Working Out?

The age old post-boozing debate has finally been settled.

Working out in the gym.
Working out in the gym Image Getty

There are a few lycra-clad types out there who would have you believe that the best cure for a hangover is an intense workout in the gym.

Sweating out the booze is the key, they’ll tell you, most likely while jogging on the spot.

However, after some intensive research, loaded can confirm that that little theory is a load of old sweaty bollocks. Well, almost anyway.

For starters, by the time you wake up, most of the booze you consumed the night before will have passed through your body already at a rate of roughly one drink per hour.

So the idea that you can then sweat out the bad stuff is basically a little wide of the mark.

That’s not to say there are not some benefits to doing exercise the day immediately after a heavy night on the tiles.

Exercise releases chemicals like endorphins, adrenaline and something called norepinephrine, which will boost your mood, energy levels and even pleasure.

All of which can help with any post-night out feelings of paranoia that you may have taken things too far and ended up embarrassing yourself.

Just make sure you don’t overdo it though.

Speaking to Men’s Health, co-founder of Cressey Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S., advised the hangover folk out there to go steady.

“The key is to get your heart rate up and your muscles burning just enough to stimulate the release of these body chemicals without pushing yourself too hard, since you’re already likely fatigued and dehydrated,” he explained.

In the meantine, there are ways of reducing your hangover. One recent study highlighted a few of the alcoholic drinks that give you the worst hangover and why that happens in the first place. The rest is ultimately up to you.

Just try and drink in moderation – your body, as well as your mind, will thank you for it.

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