Five Bad Fitness Habits We Should Give Up

| September 18 , 2017 , 15:29 IST

We have some bad habits when it comes to working out.

Wondering what those habits are?

1. Working out on an Empty Stomach– Our body needs blood sugar when we are working out or else it will use its own muscle tissue to get glycogen for fuel.

In every meal, we need to consider the three macronutrients - carbohydrates, proteins and fat.

Consuming carbohydrates rich food are the best pre workout meal one can consume as it provides energy and regulation of blood glucose in our body.

Pre Workout Foods

Bananas- Bananas are a great source of natural sugars, simple carbohydrates and potassium.

Rice and Chicken- Rice and Chicken are actually a classic pre-workout meal as it is the combination of both lean protein and carbohydrates.

Peanut butter sandwich- Peanut butter sandwich is also a good pre-workout food that is perfect to be consumed half an hour before a workout.

2. Not resting after workout-Rest days are very crucial and should be treated with the same level of importance as training because it helps in growing and healing the muscles. Resting after a workout can also reduce the risk of injuries and help balance the immune system.

3. Warming up before the actual workout- Usually a warm up consists of light cardiovascular exercises combined with stretching.

Warming up prior to a workout can help increase the blood circulation that can prevent many minor injuries.

It can also act as a form of mental preparation, which is helpful when we engage in high intensity interval training.

4. Don’t be hard on yourself- We should know our limit, it is the most important thing to know before indulging in any kind of work out.

Take it step by step, don’t try to lift more than your limit, it can cause major injuries such as:

Disc Herniation- Herniated disc is a condition in which the outer portion of the vertebral disc is lacerated, enabling the inner portion to force out through the fibers. The herniated material can compress the nerves around the disc and create pain that can radiate through the back and sometimes down the arms (if the herniation is in the cervical spine) and legs (if the herniation is in the lumbar spine).

Tennis Elbow- Inflammation of the tendons of the elbow (Epicondylitis) caused by overuse of the forearm muscles.

Pulled Hamstring- Pulled hamstring, is known as an inordinate stretch of muscle fibers. Hamstring injuries can be commonly seen in athletes such as Footballers, Cricketers, Basketball players etc.

5. NEVER GIVE UP- People usually stop workout out because they see no results, but we need to understand is that it takes time.

So, always remember there are no shortcuts. Work hard, be patient & consistent and never give up.

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