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Running with a Hangover
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It's the holiday season, and for a lot of us this usually means indulging more than we want to - especially with alcohol. With all of the parties and family dinners, it can be hard to keep track of the endless glasses of wine and bottles of beer.

Feeling a bit worse-for-wear the next morning and you decide to go for a run to ' run it off ' - well we thought we'd have a look to see if that is actually a good idea or not. Here are the facts:

  • Alcohol is a diuretic. This means that it dehydrates you. Your body needs water to function, and it will do what it has to in order to keep doing so. So, your body will very cleverly start pulling water from vital places to keep your organs functioning properly.  Unfortunately, this causes a lack of water in other areas of your body, such as in your head, and will often lead to a headache. 


  • Alcohol causes increased levels of creatine kinase and lactate in your blood. This can lead to impaired healing, delayed recovery, and may cause increased muscle soreness. Not exactly very favourable for running.


  • Genetics and other individual physiological factors will determine how we metabolise alcohol. This is why some people wake up feeling fresh as a daisy, and others...not so much. 


  • Alcohol can interfere with glycogen synthesis. So what? Well, this will impair glycogen storage and your ability to generate energy - doesn't sound very good for running does it.
These facts would suggest that running with a hangover isn't the best idea. If you happen to be one of those lucky people who metabolise quicker, you may get away it. However, for the most of us, it might be better to skip the run and go for a walk with the family!
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