TORRIE WILSON
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5 Things You Should Not Do Before Working Out

19/10/2016

5 Facts or Myths?

What you do before working out can sometimes help or hinder some of the benefits. Here are just a few of the things that some of the “experts” may say not to do. Judge for yourself if you think they are in fact a “fact” or a “myth”….

Sleep

You might think that getting some sleep will help you energized for your work out, but too much sleep can hinder your performance. When you sleep for more than half an hour, your body reaches what is called the deep sleep, and when you wake up, you will feel more exhausted and groggy than you were before.If you feel really tired, you can take a 15-20 minute nap. This will be enough to rest your body and eyes, but not too much to have that mind of yours thinking it is nighty night time.Make sure you set the alarm to avoid oversleeping.

Stretch

You know how our gym teachers told us to stretch before doing any strenuous activity? In fact,stretching before a workout might do more harm than good. When you stretch, you decrease the strength of the muscles and increase the chances of straining them. Instead of static stretching try to warm up doing jumping jacks, running in place or riding a stationary bike.I tend to believe stretching is never a bad thing, it’s just all about what kind of stretch yous hould be doing for the type of workout you are about to enter your beastliness into..

Eat or Drink Too Much

After you eat a large meal, the digestion process will begin. This process involves a lot of energy, so when we try to work out while our stomach is busy digesting the food, we actually over burden our body. This is where stomach cramps and nausea might kick in. Secondly,drinking beverages that are high in sugar may give you that initial rush but will also bless you shortly after with 'hitting the wall' and possibly hindering your ability to complete your workout session in the beastly manner you hoped for.

I always recommend eating something light. Something with a good mix of protein and carbohydrates to fuel you into beast mode. Stick to drinking just water, not energy drinks or other sports drinks that contain lots of sugar. If you need a pick me up, I always think a cup of coffee seems to do the trick best. It never fails, whenever I’ve attempted to drink an energy drink I end up feeling sick mid workout.

Take Too Many Supplements

If you eat well, I tend to think you'll get all the fuel you need for a workout session. But sometimes we choose to also use supplements. Many say to at least not overdo it. Taking too many supplements can lead to nausea, an irregular heartbeat, and anxiety. This translates into long term damage to your body and a crappy workout in my book. Just make sure to read labels and understand what you are ingesting. I don’t wanna have to come peel you off the floor. ;)

High-Intensity Interval Training

High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT varies in intensity, disrupting your body's natural respiration and the amount of energy you burn varies over time. HIIT also decreases your strength and stamina quickly.

Try to do some cardio before HIIT, but there is no need to go from 0 to 60. Instead of jumping directly into HIIT do some steady state cardio in which the energy you consume does not vary that much.

Well I LOVE HIIT training and see many benefits from this type of workout so I am not sure Iam on board with this one!!!

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