To ensure you’re making the most out of that time, we have compiled a list of things you might be doing that are setting you up for failure. You’d be surprised by what behaviors could be setting you back before you pick up a single dumbbell, or spend a single second on the treadmill. So, that’s what we’re discussing today.
On the following pages, you’ll read about five things you should avoid before hitting your gym or fitness center.
1. Skimp on sleep
2. Sleep too much
Sleeping, like eating and drinking, may or may not impact your workout. Again, it depends on the details. Catching a quick nap — no more than 20 or 30 minutes, Muscle & Fitness says — will probably get you recharged, and feeling refreshed heading into the gym. Longer than that, however, and you may become lethargic.
If you can time your naps, and get in a quick power nap before heading off to the weight room, then yes, get some shut-eye. But if you’re one of those people who fall into a deep sleep for a couple of hours, then you’re better off fighting the sleepiness until after you’ve completed your routine.
3. Skip the warm-up
4. Drink too much water
5. Eat (certain things)
For some people, it’s a grave mistake to eat before working out. It may be because they’ll throw up, or simply because they can get more out of their body on an empty stomach — but what you choose to eat may be making all the difference. For example, oatmeal or some dried fruit is probably going to be a positive attribute to your workout. A cheeseburger, some fries, or a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s? Not so much.
If you do choose to scarf something down before picking up the barbells, make a wise decision and go with something small and dense with nutrients. Your body will be able to use the resources as you expend them, as opposed to just pushing them through your system.
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