7 Things We Should Stop Doing Before a Workout

The benefits of physical activity are now proven: reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, breast and colon cancer, diabetes and metabolic diseases; better weight control but also improved mental health and self-esteem.

On the other hand, the effects of a sedentary lifestyle are reflected in both public health expenditure and production losses, due to the illnesses and premature deaths that it causes.

Working out daily is an amazing habit. However, there are some pre-workout habits that can ruin your workout. Here are the most common ones, and how to avoid them.

1. Don’t start working out on an empty stomach.

Exercising in the morning on an empty stomach, also known as “fasted cardio” seems to be – surprisingly – very trendy in the fitness world right now. However, this practice is debated among many athletes and even scientists.

Fasted cardio lovers claim the practice maximizes your fat-burning potential.

However, not only it may lead your body may use the protein that makes up your muscle tissue as fuel, but fasted cardio can also cause hypoglycemia manifested by sudden fatigue and an intense sensation of loss of energy which results from the depletion of your glycogen stores, especially after strenuous physical activity.

So, it is possible to strength train on an empty stomach. You can do just about anything in a fasted state, including lifting weights. However, to some extent the quality of your workouts can be compromised, depending on when you do them and what you ate the night before

2. Don’t drink too much water before working out.

It is necessary to stay hydrated during your workout. But beware; drinking too much also affects performance.

Indeed, you can decrease your athletic performance by up to 10% by being in a situation of dehydration. Moreover, it can also cause tendonitis, cramps and digestive problems … so it is essential to drink water regularly. However, it is important not to overdo it. First of all, you have to take into account that we are all different in terms of size, perspiration, type and amount of exercises performed, but also the climate in which we exercise. All of these factors affect how you hydrate.

Thus, it is a good idea to take small sips of 10 to 20 ml regularly at least two hours before physical activity. Then, it is advisable to drink during the exercise because the body heats up and is cooled with water, through perspiration

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