We all tend to have some bad habits when it comes to fitness. Often because we’re rushing through our workouts, just sticking to the same thing over and over, or not being as committed outside the gym. Here are five bad habits that you need to break.
- Forgetting To Stretch Beforehand – One of the easiest ways to injure your body during a workout if forgetting to stretch beforehand. Stretching before a workout is paramount to how successful your workout will be. And, it is not important to only stretch before a workout, but to stretch properly. Stretch each muscle group thoroughly, and give yourself some time to essentially “warm up” before you start your workout for the most optimal results possible.
- Working Out On An Empty Stomach – There is nothing worse than working out on an empty stomach, and the problem is that so many of us work out when we have little to no food in our bodies. The reality is that working out on an empty stomach is harmful for many reasons, but the main reason is because the body will start eating away at the muscles if there aren’t enough calories to burn. And, I’m sure that no one wants their muscles being eaten away during a workout. In order to prevent this from happening, eat a snack or small meal before you workout. Make sure you eat something healthy and filling, such as a piece of toast with avocado smeared on top, and you will be well on your way to having a great workout.
- Not Getting Enough Sleep The Night Before A Workout – There is no doubt that working out can be hard on the body, which is why it is vital that before you engage in any workout, you are extremely well-rested. It is advised that you never workout when tired, as this can damage your muscles, joints, and even your internal organs. Sleep is essential, and it is what rebuilds the muscles and tissues in your body. When you work out when you are tired, you are setting yourself up for disaster. When tired, you could end up injuring yourself very badly. Make sure to only work out when you are well-rested, no matter what.
- Only Doing Cardio – Working out and moving your body is never a bad thing, but if you only do cardio, you are not giving your body a chance to burn as much fat and calories as possible. While cardio is beneficial to do on a regular basis, strength training is also vital for the body as well. A good workout includes both cardio and strength training for the utmost in healthy muscle building and fat burning. At the end of the day, cardio and strength training work hand and hand to help the body work at it’s most optimum. But, the problem is when people only do cardio, and fail to do any strength training whatsoever. During a workout, it’s best to not only doing cardio, but to do strength training as well.
- Overextending Yourself – The problem with many people when working out is that they think the more, the better, or the longer, the healthier. And, while ambitious to say the least, this is not exactly the truth. More is not always better when working out, and a longer workout does not always compute to a healthier body. There is nothing worse than someone overextending themselves when they work out, as this can result in them having various injuries, pains in the body, etc. For the most optimal workout possible, make sure that you pace yourself and work out according to what feels comfortable to you. If you find yourself feeling out of breath, it’s best if you take a break, and if you feel any type of pain in your body, it’s best if you stop working out immediately. When working out, safety must always be your top priority.