Most people are under the impression that what you do during that hour at the gym matters most. But did you know that the decisions you make before your workout is just as important? This is because what you do prior to your training session has the power to make or break it.
We know that you want to get the most out of every gym session, and so, we’ve compiled a list of some common pre-workout mistakes that you might want to make sure you’re not committing!
Today, Evolve Daily shares 7 Common Pre-Workout Mistakes:
1) Skipping your warm up
The whole point of warming up is to gradually increase your heart rate and circulation, while increasing blood flow to your muscles, so that your body will be ready for an intense workout. What’s more, it loosens your joints and prevents you from getting potential injuries.
So if you don’t warm up properly – or worse, skip it – before you work out, your muscles wouldn’t be ready for the workout. That means you might end up getting muscle cramps at some point during your workout. Hence, affecting your performance.
2) Eating a heavy meal too close to your workout
We’re pretty sure you’ve ever experienced what it’s like to run with a stitch on your side. Uncomfortable, isn’t it? Well, this happens when you eat a heavy meal just before you hit the gym. Also, it might cause you to feel nauseous due to indigestion issues. As a result, you wouldn’t be able to give 100% to your training.
If you’re hungry and feel the need to eat a large meal, make sure you do so at least 2 to 3 hours prior to your workout!
3) Not having your pre-workout meal
Skipping your pre-workout meal is just as bad as eating too much before your workout. This is because food gives you the much-needed energy to power through that gym session. Think of it as your body’s fuel for a killer workout – we’re sure you wouldn’t be able to use your phone if it isn’t charged properly. Likewise, you wouldn’t be able to make the most of your training if you don’t fuel up with enough food!
Without enough food, you might feel dizzy or have insufficient energy to get through your workout. So make it a point to at least munch on a healthy snack or a banana about 45 minutes before training.
4) Not bringing your water bottle along
Yes, we know that your gym has a water cooler. But it’s so much more convenient to bring a water bottle along with you. Think about it: you wouldn’t have to wait in line to quench your thirst. Also, you can simply reach out for your bottle anytime you need to hydrate yourself. Plus, you can bring it to all parts of the gym, so it doesn’t matter where you go to.
Remember, it’s important to sip water before, during, and after your workout so as to maximize your performance and prevent dehydration. So bring a water bottle along with you and drink up!
5) Drinking too much water
Chugging down too much water before intense physical activity would have a similar effect to having a heavy meal. This is because you’d feel bloated, and exercises such as skipping or sprints might lead you to feel uncomfortable and nauseous.
If you feel like you haven’t had enough water prior to your workout, then take water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes while you’re working out. After that, remember to hydrate yourself by drinking enough water!
6) Taking a long nap
We know that naps can help you feel refreshed in the middle of the day. But you have to make sure that you take cat naps instead of bear naps (so avoid long naps that resemble hibernation!) Make sure your naps don’t exceed 30 minutes if you really have to take one.
When you sleep too much, you’d end up feeling more lethargic than you were before napping. Sometimes you might even feel so tired that you decide to go back to dreamland rather than the gym!
7) Planning to ditch the workout (this is the worst!)
It’s normal to sometimes to feel a little lazy, especially after a tiring day at work or school. But when you make up your mind to skip the workout completely, chances are, you’ll actually do it! It helps to remember that 1 hour is only 4% of your day, and that half the battle is won when you get yourself to the gym.
However, if you’ve been feeling extra unmotivated lately, maybe you should try these sneaky ways of getting yourself to work out.
All of us at Evolve Daily know that you’ve got what it takes to get into the greatest shape of your life. So avoid these pre-workout mistakes and make every training session count! Go on, you got this!