Whether you are a fitness fanatic or a once-a-week exercise type of person, there are some things that you just should not do that will sabotage your workout.
WebMD lists a few mistakes you should steer clear of and explains what you should do instead.
Eating before a workout.
If you decide to eat within 2 hours before your workout, your body will digest the food. This does not allow your blood to flow properly to your muscles. Eating before exercising will also affect your post-workout recovery process and lead to cramps and nausea.
Opt for a light snack such as a handful of nuts and raisins or Greek yoghurt and berries.
Holding your breath.
It is important that you pay attention to your breathing, as holding your breath limits the amount of oxygen entering your body.
You will likely pass out if you hold your breath in for too long. So, if you were to lift weights, take a deep breath in before the start of a set and gradually let it out as you go.
Not taking water breaks.
Another important thing to do is to stay hydrated. It cools off your body and keeps your blood flowing.
Try to drink water before your workout session, between 150 to 250 millilitres for every 15 minutes you are active and then some more when you are done.
Ignoring your limitations.
Do not try to impress someone by lifting more weight than you can handle. Doing so will get you injured or mess up your technique.
If your option is to go for more, add a little at a time and get comfortable with that weight before going further.
Not cooling down.
Doing some mild stretches help get your blood pressure, breathing and heart rate back to normal levels.
Stretching your muscles while they are warm and having blood flow to them after your workout may help to lengthen and stretch them more easily.
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