Hangover Cures That Really Work | Fighting Fit Dundalk | Personal Training Studio

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Hangover Cures That Really Work

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Paddy's Day in Dundalk will be celebrated as hard as any other town in Ireland over the next 72 hours. Let's be honest, it's Paddy's weekend really! 

Busting your ass in the gym and in the kitchen for weeks, months or even years to get to this point does not have to go down the pan over the next few days. 

#ProTip: Enjoy yourself, scale back the calories while still hitting your protein over the week ahead to make up for the binge this weekend. 

Once the damage is done, how do we survive though? 

Hangover Cures That Actually Work

1. Drink Pale Drinks. Congeners are a chemical by-product that make hangovers worse. Some studies show that they slow down the metabolism and actually prolong the hellish period that comes after a few sociables. Gin, Vodka and Rum contain the least amount of congeners with tequila, whiskey and cognac being the drinks with the highest content of congeners. Use your head, drinking 10 vodkas will not ensure you wake up feeling fresh on Sunday morning.  

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2. Choose fruit juices instead of soft drink mixers. It's a common misconception that hangovers are purely caused by dehydration. In fact, the additional micronutrients from fruit juices helps you metabolize the nasty by-products from consuming too much alcohol. 

3. Take Multivitamins BEFORE going out. Your body will be lacking essential micronutrients which may be partially replenished by switching to a fruit juice but still, always better to stack the odds in your favour! 

4. Take an Ibuprofen before bed, maybe pop another multivit! Ibuprofen is an anti inflammatory which will attacks the excess inflammation that excess alcohol intake causes. This, my friends, is what we call a hang over! 

5. Booze Prep is water prep. Fill a pint of water before you leave the house. Put it on your bedside locker. It doesn't matter how wobbly on the feet you are when you return, down the final pint of the night. If you can manage it, refill to combat desert mouth in the morning! 

6. Sleep It Off. Having a wee tipple can certainly promote a deeper sleep if it's on the rarity. However, regular boozing or a large quantity of alcohol can disrupt your sleep. This won't make your hangover any worse, it will add fatigue to a long list of general feeling like crap. Try to get an extra couple of hours sleep in if at all possible. 

7. Eat All The Food. A good breakfast after a binge is probably what your body is already craving. A low blood sugar usually isn't the cause of a bad hangover but if you have a hangover, you probably also have low blood sugars. Low blood sugar symptoms are usually the same symptoms as a hangover so essentially, eating a good breakfast could half your hangover symptoms! 

Ideally, avoiding excess alcohol consumption is the best way to avoid a hangover from hell but sure look, it's Paddys weekend! Enjoy!  

When Your Get Up And Go Has Got Up And Went

When Your Get Up And Go Has Got Up And Went

Motivation is a key factor when it comes to getting fit.

When you first start you will have great intentions and your goals freshly drawn up. You're enthusiastic about going to the gym, you’ve cut out all processed carbohydrates as well as giving up cigarettes and alcohol and you're feeling great! 

With each new client who joins us at Fighting Fit we see the same pattern. Week 1 - 3 are full of enthusiasm and excitement and by week 4 the get up and go has got up and went and the real work and will power are put to the test!

Why Should I Track My Food?

Why Should I Track My Food?

While working at Fighting Fit I am constantly being asked for tips and tricks for shredding them extra pounds a little bit quicker.My advice for this is simple and guaranteed to get results.Simply track your food. ......

It's Important To Lose Fat Not Weight

It's Important To Lose Fat Not Weight

Many people these days are trying to get in shape and lose weight, in fact Dundalk is flooded with weight loss groups. 

Most people still obsessed with ‘weight loss’ when what they really want is ‘fat loss’.

Weight loss can be achieved through calorie restriction, dehydration and starvation.

Getting It Done Is Better Than Perfection

Getting It Done Is Better Than Perfection

I'm sure you have all heard of the excuse or maybe even have made it yourself that you can’t do something yet because your schedule isn't perfect. You have an idea in your head of what way you'd like to do it, and right now that just isn't possible. So you will just start next week, next month, next year? No!

Why Diets Don't Work

Why Diets Don't Work

The problem arises with diets from the mindset One has approaching the diet. So many of our clients who come into Fighting Fit have tried and failed to hit their goals because of this short term mindset. To the average person a diet is something they do for a short period of time before eating normally/poorly again.

The Fighting Fit Difference

The Fighting Fit Difference

Our coaching team in Dundalk, Co. Louth are 100% committed to the success of our clients!  Each one of our workouts are facilitated by a qualified coach, ensuring that you never miss a workout again! We give our clients access to over 45 small group personal training sessions per week, from 6am-8:15pm.

Top 5 Foods For Fat Loss

Top 5 Foods For Fat Loss

When it comes to losing fat there are many approaches you can take towards your diet. Some are evidence based, some are fad diets and some are a money racket. While we don't align with any single eating method here at Fighting Fit, we're passionate about healthy, wholesome, real food. Many of our members choose us to help them shed fat pounds and here are my top 5 foods along with how to eat wisely in order to lose fat and gain muscle.

Damage Control Over Christmas

Damage Control Over Christmas

December is here; the season of warm fires, cosy pyjamas, tins of chocolate, staying inside with the feet up and let's face it, FOOD. At Fighting Fit Dundalk, we're realists. We recognise that life is for living and there are times when it's appropriate to account for every morsel you consume and times when it's helpful to simply be mindful of what's on your plate or in your glass. 

Have You Got What It Takes

Have You Got What It Takes

As we all know, self discipline doesn't come naturally to all of us and many of us do struggle with even the smallest sacrifices.

How Cold Showers Make You A Better Person

How Cold Showers Make You A Better Person

People tend to shudder at the thought of a cold shower, but the benefits far out shine the moments of discomfort! Do you want to work on your willpower, maximise motivation, increase confidence, resilience and prime yourself for a productive day?

What Are MACROS And Why Should You Care?

What Are MACROS And Why Should You Care?

If you're like most of our Fighting Fit clients, you probably haven't visited nutrition since secondary school Leaving Cert. Not to worry, I'm going to break it down for you.

The State Of Irish Health

The State Of Irish Health

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The State Of Irish Health

You're going to need to take a seat for this one. The results of the Healthy Ireland Survey are astonishing, yet for those of us who study Irish Health as a profession, it's not at all surprising! The survey was conducted between November 2014 through August 2015 and interviewed 7,539 individuals aged 15 and over. The results are very stats heavy so I'll break it down for you. 

Weight Management

37% of people in Ireland have a normal, healthy weight. Between being overweight and obese, at a whopping 60%, more than half of us are outside of that healthy range! It's more common today to be unhealthy. The next time you walk through Dundalk, take a look around you and notice for a moment, does what you see reflect this statistic? I've done it. It does! While men are more likely to be overweight than women, it is women who are more likely to try to lose weight, but by which method? Let's continue! 

Physical Activity

A slim 32% of the Irish population are considered to be highly active which isn't at all surprising when we look at the obesity epidemic. When people stop moving, they stop burning calories and start storing fat. The average person in Ireland is sitting for 5.3 hours each week day! Women under 24 are sitting for 6.7 hours a day which is easily explained with college classes, office jobs and often, a long commute to work but let's not forget there are 24 hours in a day and only 8 of those are spent sleeping! Is it any wonder that SITTING is considered the new SMOKING? 

Oh and less than a quarter of those who are overweight or obese are also highly active... 

What other contributing factors are there? 

Diet & Nutrition

Nutrition is one way we can truly begin to tackle this health epidemic. I believe correct nutritional education could transform this country in a heart beat (beginning with an updated Food Pyramid lesson for every person capable of putting food to their own mouth, but apparently Simon Harris has other priorities!) 

22% of the Irish Population do not eat vegetables or fruit every day! As a young Irish Professional myself, observing the offerings of the local petrol station is an eyesore at best. While there seems to be an uptake of Protein Bars and Drinks, the price point of these and other healthy foods still stands at an extortionately higher rate than picking up a mars bar and a bag of Tayto. A snack pot of fruit at a petrol station can go for €4.50 with rarely the option of pre prepped veggies either!

Is it surprising that 65% report consuming sugary snacks and drinks daily? 

Mental Health

Okay so I'll admit this one pleasantly surprised me. Over 15's are doing okay in Ireland it seems. Higher Positive Mental Health is more common in men than in women between he ages of 15 - 24 and then women over 24 tend to be overall more mentally well than men for the duration. 

Being more physically active” (38%) and

"Being more financially secure” (33%) are the changes most frequently selected towards improving health and wellbeing. 

We see a recurring theme at Fighting Fit in Dundalk. Members come to us after their doctor recommends nutrition and exercise as some kind of magic pill for depression and / or anxiety. The symptoms reduce or disappear and we welcome a transformed person through our doors each day. 

Alcohol

Alcohol can be a killer to any attempt to gain control of your nutritional intake. Lots of alcoholic beverages are just empty calories. It makes sense that 76% of the Irish population drink alcohol, with 53% of drinkers doing so at least weekly and 60% also being overweight or obese. Let's not forget the hangover food that ensue in a bid to ease a dreadful hangover. There's definitely no veggies to be seen in those meals!

Dementia 

Dementia is much more prevalent than it get's air time for. Over 50% of the population know someone who has dementia and a quarter of us report our partner or family member has dementia. It is thought that the increased blood flow to the brain from regular, frequent exercise can help in reducing the risk of developing dementia. 

What Can I Do?

There is no fast fix or magic wand. You can start by no longer being a statistic. Get up and move. Walk to the shop or to school. Park your car in the centre of town and walk around to get your groceries and run errands. Get mindful about your food, bring lunch to work instead of buying it. It takes just 3 minutes to boil an egg for breakfast rather can beginning your day with a sugary cereal. Join the Dundalk Park Run

If you are someone who needs to take control of your lifestyle, we would love to support you along the way. 

5 Reasons You're Not Getting The Results You Want At The Gym | Fighting Fit Personal Training & Bootcamp Gym

5 Reasons You're Not Getting The Results You Want At The Gym | Fighting Fit Personal Training & Bootcamp Gym

Gyms all over Dundalk are selling memberships at an astonishing rate since fitness became the next big thing. We're not complaining! This latest trend of taking care of your mind and body means that the coaches at Fighting Fit, Dundalk get to continue doing what we love; helping people become the best version of themselves!