When it comes to preventing diseases and illnesses, nothing beats fitness and exercise. When you exercise, your entire bodily systems are affected in a positive way. With regular workout, you can prevent development of common diseases like colds and cough to major illnesses like cancer, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and many more.
Lots of people think that working out alone is enough to make them healthy. In order to make the most out of a work out, you have to carry it out properly. There are actually bad habits that prevent you from taking full advantage of a work out. Here are the habits that you need to break off right away:
1. Taking too much rest between sets
It is true that you need some time, in between routines, to catch your breath. However, resting for a longer than necessary will not be beneficial for your health. As we all know, you can experience the full benefits of exercising when your heart rate is at its ‘maximum’.
2. Exercising on an empty stomach
Before, everyone has this mindset that when they exercise without eating anything, they can be able to consume their stored energy and end up burning more fat than usual. This may be true or not but when you work out on an empty stomach, you are weaker and there is a high chance that you will not be able to finish your workout. It is recommended that you eat a low-calorie meal 45 minutes before you work out. Recommended foods include yogurt, banana, berries and apple slices.
3. Holding your breath while working out
A lot of people may not realize this but we have the tendency to hold our breath when performing a workout, most especially when running and lifting weights. Breathing properly is important so that you can be able to do more reps or run a lot longer.
4. Not exercising when equipment is temporarily unavailable
A lot of people have this misconception– that you need equipment and tools in order to have a proper work out. It is true that working out with equipment is more efficient and effective but performing free weight exercises and carrying out cardio exercises can lead to some good fitness results too.
5. Consuming energy drinks
It is true that these drinks help us boost energy and prevent us from being dehydrated after sweating it off in the gym or the pavement. However, you must understand the fact that these drinks are loaded with artificial sugars, preservatives, and many other chemicals that may do you more harm than good. If you wish to reduce or to completely eliminate your need for these energy drinks, then it is advisable that you consume healthy snacks about 45 minutes prior to working out.
Avoid doing these mistakes and you will surely be on the road to success!
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