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To exercise or not to exercise that is the question. Ever contemplated exercising with a hang over? Have you pushed through a work out in the hope that you’ll “sweat out” the night before?


The consumption of alcohol has numerous negative physiological effects on the body and the consequences can be especially felt the next morning. The most commonly known and probably felt is, dehydration. Consumption of alcohol, even in small quantities can lead to excess loss of water and electrolytes, resulting in one becoming dehydrated. As well as leaving you feeling a little worse for wear, exercising when even mildly dehydrated can have potentially damaging effects on your body. A mild dehydrated state results in the narrowing of your blood vessels, causing one to cramp, increasing pulse rate and becoming easily fatigued.

As well as causing dehydration, alcohol also affects your internal organs, triggering an increase in blood pressure and heart rate.
During a hang over you also experience delayed reaction times, poor hand-eye coordination and reduced balance.

Putting all these things together with some high intensity exercise and you have a recipe for disaster where you could potentially harm yourself.

But if you think this article is giving you the green light to stay curled up in bed all day nursing your sore head, think again. Research has shown that any form of light physical activity can help to alleviate a hang over. It is about getting the blood pumping and stimulating the release of endorphins, to combat the depressant qualities of the alcohol ingested the night before.

Getting out and about in the form of walking, swimming, stretching, yoga or Pilates helps to restore mood and energy levels.

Get out of bed and embrace the day. So strap on a pair of shoes, drink lots of water and have a carbohydrate rich breakfast.

Now that you know about the potentially damaging effects of exercising while hung over. It is important to ask yourself how you got to this point?
If you find yourself consistently waking up on the weekend nursing a hangover, maybe it’s time to cut back and focus on your health goals.

Alcohol is a depressant, that gives your body nothing but a huge load of empty calories, a headache and an increasing temptation for the midnight munchies. Over time, too much alcohol can set off diabetes, diseases of the central nervous system and the liver.

So really it comes down to the question,

“What is more important to you? Your health or one more drunken night out?”

If you are struggling to stay on track with your health goals, book in a consultation.