Avoid these 5 things to get the most of your workouts

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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When it comes to working out, the majority of us pay no attention to the things that we should do before a workout and what we shouldn’t do. We jump right into the workouts without remembering that our pre-or post-workout routines play an equal role in muscle development and delivering the best fitness performance.

When you don’t take care of your pre-workout routine, it can affect your body while you’re working out. Here are some important pre-workout habits to keep in mind if you want to give your best during your workout.

A heavy meal should be avoided

Heavy Meal

Most of our workouts occur early in the morning or late in the evening, and we are usually hungry at these times due to a long time since our last meal. However, having the right energy and nutrition is crucial for reaching the limits and lifting heavyweights in the gym, but eating well and at the right time is also important.

When you eat a lot of food right before your workout, it leads to nausea, cramps, and other indigestion problems. This prevents you from giving your best during your workout, and you become demotivated without getting the results.

Working out without warm-up

Upper Body workout

Even though everyone knows the value of stretching and warming up the body before a workout, most of us skip it at times. Mostly on the days when you are running late for work or the office, it is always a good idea to schedule your day. Warm-ups and stretching exercises should be done regularly to support the body as well as your workouts.

Stretching and warm-up prepare your muscles for more intense workouts while still steadily increasing your heart rate. It also raises the level of your breathing to balance the strength of your exercise.

Never exercise on an empty stomach

Fasting or eating too little can be extremely harmful to your body, causing nausea, fatigue, and sluggishness too. It’s always a good idea to eat a small healthy snack about an hour before your workout to get the energy and fuel you need to perform better. Low-fiber foods like bananas or fruit, peanut butter with whole-grain bread, or plain yogurt with dried fruits are all perfect snack ideas.

Don’t drink alcohol

It’s common knowledge that consuming alcoholic drinks makes you dizzy because they mess with your motor skills and make it difficult to coordinate. You might get injured doing exercises or you might not be able to do them at all. Even a small amount of alcoholic drinks causes the body to lose control. You can end up doing too much exercise, resulting in poor posture and sore muscles, which is bad for your body.

Don’t drink too much water

Although keeping your body hydrated is a vital and safe activity, you should keep an eye on the amount you consume before your workout. Although guzzling too much water during your workout can cause cramps and nausea, it’s best to keep sipping a small amount of water during your exercise.

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