November Magazines | 10 Things

Packing for New York in Hand Luggage (14)

Discover some tips from health and fitness professionals that will help you with your handovers during the party season.

1 – Drink clearly – Clear liquors like vodka are less likely to leave you hugging the toilet bowl the next day, thanks to their low level of congeners – toxic by-products that give alcohol its flavour. Congeners irritate blood vessels and tissue in the brain and it can make your hangover worse.

2 – Some docs claim popping  a couple ibuprofen during a sesh could ease hangovers by lowering inflammation. Keep it to two tablets and never mix with paracetamol.

3 – That Kebab could help – Protein slows alcohol absorption and controls blood-sugar levels, plus hummus contains hangover – reducing vitamin B6.

4 – Guzzling two pints of water before bed can help the hangover – add a squeeze of lemon! This will help detoxify your live and kidneys. It won’t cure your hangover, but it may reduce its severity the next day.

5 – The best workout to do after a massive blowout? A resistance workout to kick start your metabolism and use up your glycogen stores. Short, sharp, detoxifying and sweat-drenched is what you want to clean out your system. Drink plenty of water and have a good amount of fibre and green vegetables.

6 – If you’re really on Struggle street, try this hangover recipe: Squeeze half a lemon and mix with a pinch of salt, teaspoon of honey and hot water. The sugar and salt stimulates the bowel to take up water into the body, aiding rehydration.

7 – End your hangover with restorative yoga. Try a lying twist to soothe the belly. Lie on your back with arms out, knees bent, feet on the floor. Exhale and let the knees fall to the right and your head to the left. Hold for 10 breaths. Swap sides.

Tips to help get in shape for the party season…

8 – Looking to tone up for your Little Black Dress? Take your exercise out-doors pre-party season. Exposing yourself to temps below 17 degrees Celsius for two hours a day can lower body fat percentage after six weeks, according to research from Japan.

9 – 24 hours before the party – squeeze in a workout! You can boost your calorie burn rate by an extra 450 over 48 hours with a superset of weights. The benefits are accelerated if you go from an upper body exercise straight into a lower-body.

10 – The recommended kettlebell weight in kilograms women should use is eight, according to the American Council on Exercise. Kettlebell swings target arms, core and legs, and burn up to 20 calories per minute.

All facts and figures are courtesy of Women’s Health.

Which is your favourite fact? Or the one you’ve found most useful?

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