Listen To Your Body

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After a night of heavy drinking, is there a quick fix for a hangover. Could a workout do the trick? 

Unfortunately, the sweat-it-out theory is a myth. The reason: Your body can metabolize about one drink—a 12-ounce (oz) beer, 5oz of wine, or 1.5oz of liquor—per hour. By the time you wake up in the morning, the alcohol has already passed through your system.

But that doesn't mean breaking a sweat is a bad idea.

Exercise releases a surge of neurochemicals and hormones—like endorphins, norepinepherine, and even adrenaline—that boost your energy, mood, motivation, and pleasure. Burning off a few extra calories may diminish some of your guilt for overindulging the night before.

So while a workout won't erase the effects of the drinks—or those photos on Facebook—it may give you the kick in the butt you need to make it through the day.


First and foremost, make sure you are drinking plenty of water or electrolyte solutions. According to some, Pedialyte is a good option - it's a children's solution that prevents vomiting and diarrhea and replaces potassium and other nutrients in your body.

Coconut water is also a good choice because it contains nutrients and electrolytes that are lost from drinking alcohol.

Guzzling sugary beverages like Gatorade or Powerade is a bad idea. Too much alcohol can impair glucose metabolism, which can cause more harm than good, he says. The sugar sits around in your system and wears you out more.

Whatever you decide, go gentle on yourself. The good news is that exercise releases endorphins — those trivial feel-good hormones — which can improve your mood and help you recover.