A solid night of partying is exhilarating and a great way to show off that body you work so hard on. But, it also takes a lot of you- no matter how healthy you are!
So it doesn’t matter whether it’s a Tuesday or a Friday night, if you’re planning to go out on the town, you need to get your body ready for it. Use these tips to get ready for a night out (and to recover quickly post-party.)
Hydrate for Days to Get Ready for a Night Out
Whether or not drinking is part of your party-style, the fact is that it takes a lot of energy to have the time of your life. Anytime you use a ton of energy, your body is at risk for dehydration. Yelling over the loud music can dry you out. Dancing the night away can leave your body depleted. If you’re going to drink, you’re also going to use the bathroom more.
So, cut off the dehydration risk at the pass. Be sure to drink at least half your weight in ounces of water each day for several days before the big night out. If plain old water isn’t your thing, consider adding lemon or another healthy flavoring.
Keep drinking a healthy amount of water the day of your event. Get ready for a night out by taking your vitamins, and, of course, don’t forget to eat! Your body needs food for all the energy you’re going to spend living it up.
Have a Roadie Drink While You Rock Out
Bring a roadie or two with you (or buy them at the bar!) Your roadie is the hydrating drink you down between cocktails. Drinking a roadie re-ups your hydration when you’re consuming alcohol. That reduces your risk of a dehydration headache, which is a major factor in hangovers.
Great roadie options include:
- Plain water
- Seltzer water
- Coconut water
- Sports drinks like Gatorade
It’s also wise to opt for drinks that are purer or better for you so your body is ravaged by fewer of the toxins and impurities found in many cocktails or drinks.
Sip Smartly Between Songs
If you plan on getting wild during your night on the town, it can be hard to remember to drink your roadie in between glasses of alcohol. In that case, keep a roadie near the dance floor. Whenever you take a break, down it to stay hydrated. That’ll keep you showing off your best moves longer!
Don’t Guzzle H2O Right Before Bed
Since water helps limit and prevent hangovers, a lot of people think they should guzzle H2O went the party’s over and they head to bed. Don’t guzzle. That will make you need the bathroom all night, disrupting your much-needed rest. Instead, just drink a glass of water.
Also, to be sure you get the rest needed to minimize the after-effects of your big night:
- Relieve yourself right before you lie down
- Wear an eye mask to keep our lights
- Use earplugs to keep out sound
- Don’t make plans the next morning so you have time to get in a full 8 hours
Drink Seltzer Water the Morning After
People swear by their quirky morning-after beverages. But, there isn’t much science behind them. It’s really best to just sip seltzer water or sprite afterward. Within a few hours of waking up, you can start juicing for a day or two too. That can help rid your body of the toxins in the alcohol you drank and restore nutrients even if you didn’t drink.
Hydrate Before You Hit the Gym Again
Light exercise is also a great way to help your body recover after you own the night. Just hydrate before you hit the gym again!