“Raising metabolism by exercise would have a minimal effect on blood alcohol level,” Schaefer says. Running home from a bar won’t do much more to sober you up than taking a cab home.
As for sweating it out in a sauna, Schaefer says that’s “not a reliable practice for hangover” either. “Just the opposite is better,” he says. You should drink water to counter alcohol’s dehydrating effects, and you will feel better lying in a cool bed than on a hot wooden bench. Schaefer also points out that a sauna would be an awkward place to hurl; your bed is closer to the ceramic.
So can you exercise away a hangover? Nope. “No physical exercise can reliably reduce the chemical soup inside your gut. Time is the most reliable way to get back to zero and feeling normal,” Schaefer says.
Bottom line? Skip the sauna and the run in favor of a cool bed and plenty of drinking water.
Read on for Schaefer's tips for avoiding that exercise-crippling hangover: