When suffering "the day after," it's normal to question "the night before." Was it really worth feeling this awful?! How many times have you uttered "I'm never drinking again..." while feeling so sick to your stomach that even the idea of alcohol ever touching your tongue again makes your stomach turn. Worse than feeling awful, hangovers can actually wreak havoc on your immune system, digestive track and organ function. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, get over it... with this Quickie Workout in Bed.
Hangover Helper Quickie Workout in Bed
Hangover Quickie Workout in Bed
I know... the last thing in the world you feel like doing is working out. But by doing little things to move your body you are getting your heart and blood pumping, which is delivering fresh oxygen to your brain (to address the headache) and simultaneously helping push out stuck toxins.
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1. Start with a Stretch
Before jolting your body in any ick-activating way, do a slow stretch. Reach your arms above your head, and extended your legs out so that your body is in the shape of an X. Then pull it all in so that you are in a ball. You might sweat sooner than usual- a side effect of the alcohol, and that's a good thing! Your body is doing everything it can to rid the booze. Just remember to hydrate. It will not only push those toxins out faster, but it will help ease the headache too.
Sit with your legs straight out in front of you. Elongate your spine straight and tall and fold your torso over your legs as far as you can without straining your hamstrings. Once you have lengthened out as far as you can, release your neck, dropping your head down, letting gravity take over as you slowly release your body even more, little by little, onto your thighs.
3. Snow Angel
Like when you make a snow angel in the snow, lie on your back and quickly open and close your arms and legs in unison.
4. Back Stroke
Like when doing a back stroke in the pool, lie on your back, kick your feet, paddle your arms up and back- starting at your sides, then extending up into the air and back over your head, and open out to the side, swishing back down to your sides… repeat
5. Foot Warmers
Lie on your back, bend your knees, bottom of your feet on the bed, as if you're on skis swish your feet forward and back fast fast fast!
6. Lazy Arm Circles- small
Lie on your back, lift your arms straight up to the ceiling, keeping your arms straight circle your hands as if trying to draw small circles on the ceiling. First circle both hands in. After 1 ½ minutes, reverse the direction of the circle, circling both hands out. This move is fast. You are engaging your core, pressing your shoulders down and your shoulder blades down into the bed.
7. Lazy Arm Circles- big
Like above, but these circles are big- between 1-2 feet in diameter. After 1 ½ minutes, reverse the direction of the circle, circling both hands out.
…repeat the entire circuit 3 times
Now that you've got things moving, drink some water to push it all out!
Laurel House is a Fit Living Expert, 3x published author, and believer in living a life of balance. See more of her "Quickie Tips" on her website QuickieChick.com. Her 4th book- "QuickieChick's Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion and Finance on a Less than Fabulous Budget" (St. Martin's, May 2012) is available NOW for PRE-ORDER.
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