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HUNGOVER? SICK? SHOULD YOU WORKOUT?

HUNGOVER? SICK? SHOULD YOU WORKOUT?

You’ve bought your Hussle pass. You’ve got the exercise session in your diary. You’re feeling (justifiably) proud that you are a regular gym goer. And then – a big night out or an illness, and you aren’t feeling so bright. Should you still do your workout?

HANGOVER – KILL OR CURE?

Wine-flu. Bottle ache. Morning after. There are as many words for a hangover as there are ideas to ease it, and exercise is one of the suggestions.

A hangover is your body telling you that it is not besties with alcohol. The main cause is dehydration. The ethanol in the alcohol is a diuretic, so out goes the water and in come the headache, sickness, light sensitivity and bad temper. The remedy? Down lots of water, a small amount of food and maybe a painkiller or two. Then just wait for your liver to clean up after you.

So what about that exercise? It won’t push out the alcohol any faster, so forget ideas of ‘sweating it out’. And if you are still intoxicated, that warning about ‘don’t use heavy machinery or climb things’ may be quite relevant. You might even end up doing something silly.

The verdict? Something simple and gentle if you feel up to it, but the only way it will help a hangover is with distraction. Sorry.

SICKNESS – GET OUT OR HIDE AWAY?

Most of us feel that we just don’t have time to be ill. We power through colds, injuries, upset stomachs, the works. Time, tide and the boss wait for no man. Or woman. So off we go to the gym, regardless.

Seriously, it is both better for you and more sociable if you slow it down when you are ill. Sneezing and coughing your way round the gym will just share those germs. Take yourself for a walk or gentle jog outside if you feel up to it.

In short – workout with a hangover, maybe. Workout when ill – probably not.

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Patrick Law

Patrick is a keen touch rugby and football player and regular gym goer. He also enjoys long-distance running.

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