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Fitness Tips 5 things to avoid before a major workout

You should never do the following things before you have a major work out.

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Pre-workout tips


In order to achieve maximum results from your work out, avoid the following pre-work out mistakes.

  1. Avoid static stretches- Static stretches(bending and holding, touching your toes) are definitely a pre-workout mistake as they prevent muscles from working efficiently. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research shows that exercisers who static stretched before performing a squat reduced their strength by 8.36 percent and lower-body stability by 22.68 percent, compared to those who performed dynamic stretches before getting their squat on. Rather than static stretches, go for dynamic stretches as they prepare your entire body for movement, they include lunge with a twist, knee to chest, high kicks, and jump squats.

  2. Avoid sex- Skip pre-workout sex as it involves a lot of energy which you need for your exercise. Certified strength and conditioning specialist Mike Donavanik says, “if two people are really going at it, sex can be detrimental pre-workout because you’re expending a lot of energy, not just that, but during sex, oxytocin is released, which kind of mellows you out and gives you those feel-good vibes. So if you’re planning a hardcore bootcamp workout, skip the pre-workout sex.”

  3. Skip alcohol- “Any amount of alcohol before working out is too much,” says certified strength and conditioning specialist Mike Donavanik. “Depending on the tolerance level one may have, it may affect some more than others, but either way, you’re looking at possible drowsiness, dehydration, narrowing of your blood vessels, impaired motor function, and a number of other side effects, which just aren’t conducive to working out.” Georgie Fear, R.D., author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss, adds that drinking even one glass of alcohol can lower your blood-sugar levels, which can lead to everything from shakiness and weakness to flat-out injury.

  4. Do not drink too much water-  Mike Donavanik says, “if you have a stomach full of water and you’re doing intense exercise like sprints, jumps, and inversions, you feel that water moving around in your stomach, and it’s super unpleasant,” he says. “It can also cause you to cramp, feel nauseated, and possibly throw up.” He recommends drinking just two to three cups of water two to three hours before exercise for your stomach’s sake.

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