What you should and shouldn’t do before exercise
Do you really know what to do before a workout session? What should you do to get great results for your body?
It’s possible that some people think some things are right. But, if you do them before working out, you could destroy your workout and not reach your objectives.
Before going to the gym or working out at home, follow these pieces of advice. This way, you won’t be in worse condition and can reach your greatest potential.
These are 5 things that you shouldn’t do before working out. We’ll also tell you the things you should replace them with.
1. Nap before exercise
It’s obvious that you want to rest before working out. However, you can get in the way of your progress. This happens when you abuse yourself and sleep too much before a workout.
When you nap for more than 30 minutes, your body enters a deep sleep. This is just like when you sleep at night.
A nap that lasts more than 30 minutes will only make you feel slower and more tired than before you took it.
You might think that you need a nap before working out. If so, be sure to set your alarm for 15 – 20 minutes. This will let you have time to rest your eyes and body.
However, you won’t trick your brain into thinking that it’s time to rest for a longer time.
You probably had gym teachers who told you to stretch your muscles well before any intense activity.
However, experts now say that stretching before working out can do more damage than good.
Static stretches before working out only reduce muscle strength. At the same time, they increase the risk of unnecessarily pushing your muscles harder.
This increases the risk of tears and mistreatment.
Instead of using static stretches before working out, warm up your muscles by moving them one way or another.
Try things like running in place, scissor jumps, or using a stationary bike to warm up your muscles little by little.
Wait until after your workout for the static stretches. They will be more beneficial once you have relaxed your muscles.
3. High-intensity interval workouts
High-intensity interval workouts use variations of an exercise for the length of the exercise. This kind of training interrupts your body’s natural breathing rhythm. This happens because of the change in the intensity of the intervals and the rest you take between them.
If that wasn’t enough, it also reduces your resistance and strength quickly. (This is something that certainly isn’t your goal.) It’s possible for this to even happen at the beginning of your workout.
What you should do is some kind of cardio exercise to start your training session. It’s not necessary for you to do sprints. This also isn’t healthy.
Instead, do high-intensity workouts. Vary them a little with stationary cardio in which the amount of energy doesn’t vary a whole lot.
4. Eat or drink too much
After eating, your body starts the digestion process. What you may not often realize is the amount of energy your body needs for this process.
Looking at it from this point of view, maybe your mom was right when she asked you to wait after eating to go swimming.
When you want to do exercise during the digestive process, you could be putting too much pressure on your body. This can cause stomach cramps and nausea.
Also, if you drink drinks with high levels of sugar, you could be forcing your body to reach its limits too early. This would make it impossible to finish your training session successfully.
Think about eating a healthy diet. You should especially do this before working out. This will give your body the energy it needs before working out.
Eat foods like fruits, cereals, and yogurt. Avoid sweet things.
Remember that many energy drinks can contain a high amount of sugar. You should read the labels thoroughly. This will help you realize if the ingredients in your favorite energy drink help you. On the other hand, it will also tell you if they’re hurting you.
5. Taking too many supplements
You should eat a balanced diet before exercise. If you do, you’ll get all of the vitamins and minerals you need without needing a supplement.
However, if you decide to use them, it’s best not to use too many. Taking too many “products” can cause irregular heartbeats, nausea, and anxiety among other diseases.
You can take supplements to give your body an extra push during exercise. But, in the long run, there are more cons than pros for using these supplements.
If you’re going to use supplemental powders or pills, the best thing to do is to read the tag. You should know exactly what you’re taking before you put it in your body.
This will help you to make better decisions. You’ll know how it’ll affect your body and possible secondary effects.
You can use them in moderation. This will give you an advantage while you gain resistance and increase your health. However, avoid abusing them at all costs.
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