After your wedding date gets fixed and you have just a few months or days to tone up or get rid of any extra weight before the wedding, the first thing you feel the urge to do is hit the gym. As a bride, you want to look your gorgeous best and for that, you work hard, which is great! However, did you know that certain things you do before your workout could flush all your hard work down the drain even before you realise it? Yes, it is true. Here is a list of all those wrong practices you need to avoid before you hit the gym every day.
1. Working out without an aim
You need to have a goal about how much weight or inches you need to lose, a plan of action and a lot of dedication and motivation. An aimless attempt at the gym will never fetch you fruitful results. So, be focused and set reasonable targets.
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2. Not warming up before your workout
Stretches increase the blood flow in all your muscles and that reduces any risk of major injury. Not only this, but you also feel more energised and flexible to carry forward your workout. So, instead of jumping on the treadmill as soon as you enter the gym, do a proper full-body stretch first.
3. Consuming a heavy dinner the night before your workout
Hogging sumptuous and fattening meals a night before, thinking that you will lose all the calories the next day is a mere misconception in your mind. Without controlling your food cravings, you cannot reach your aim. Focus on eating a light, nutritious and healthy diet if weight loss and fitness are really what you are looking for.
4. Consuming nothing at all before your workout
Workouts take up a lot of energy. However, if you starve yourself, your body will not have any energy to offer while you sweat it out at the gym. You will feel sleepy and dizzy and your workout will be a waste. Have a small bowl of cereal, some nuts or a banana at least half an hour before you hit the gym.
5. Having energy drinks before workout
Yes they give you an instant boost of energy, but did you know that they contain high amount of sugar in them? Working hard by exercising on one hand and then drinking a sweet rich drink on the other does not really make any sense, does it? Sip on water instead.
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6. Drinking lots of water
Having said that, do not drink a litre of water before your workout. Your stomach will feel bloated. You might even feel an urgent need to rush to the washroom every few minutes. Have a few sips of water before beginning and keep sipping on it every now and then. The idea is to hydrate the body, not fill a water tank!
7. Having protein shakes before workouts
It is a known fact that proteins take longer to digest than any other vital nutrients. Having a protein shake after your workout is a better idea than gulping it before starting exercise. You need to feel light when you exercise.
8. Consuming fibre-rich breakfast before working out
Again, just like a very high protein diet, you should avoid a very high fibre diet too! It causes heaviness, bloating and gas. Eat everything, but in moderation. Also, keep a good time gap between your meals and workout.
9. Concentrating only on cardio exercises
The body needs a combination of cardio, weight training and strengthening exercises to lose weight and tone up those stubborn inches. Only practicing cardio exercises in your workout routine will help you lose weight but make it stagnant really soon. So, ask your trainer to make a good and wholesome workout chart for you along with giving you some tips on healthy eating.
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10. Drinking liquor before your workout
We know that all the ongoing preparations are tiring you and stressing you out, but unless you want to fall off the treadmill because you passed out, drinking is really a bad idea!
11. Not wearing comfortable bras
Well-fitted sports bras are your best friends for a workout. Wearing normal bras that lack support and elasticity can sometimes cause pain in the breasts because of all the running, jumping and stretching. So, if you do not want to be in pain and thus forced to quit the gym, invest in some good quality and comfortable sports bras.
12. Drinking an excessive amount of coffee
It is true that coffee gives you an instant energy boost, but only a cup of it is enough. Drinking a lot of coffee can not only have adverse effects on your health but also disrupt your workout. It can cause digestive issues and urge you to go to the washroom more than often during the workout.
13. Going overboard with your workout
Miracles do not happen overnight. Overdoing your workout even before you adjust to your new schedule and your body adopts this new change can cause internal injuries and pains. Take it easy, take it slow and as you gain more stamina, increase your pace.
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14. Working out at a slow pace but for long hours
Once your body has accepted your workout pattern, it is time to increase your pace. Start with lighter exercises and move on to increasing the intensity once you are comfortable. Not working out at the right pace and without moderated intensity makes the whole regime futile. If you spend hours in the gym without actually doing a hardcore workout, there are fewer chances of you losing weight and more chances of you losing your time instead.
15. Not getting adequate sleep
Waking up early is a great habit. It works wonders for your body and health. However, waking up early should be preceded by sleeping on time. Less sleep equals low energy levels in the gym that automatically leads to an insufficient, dull and boring workout. A fit lifestyle demands some healthy lifestyle changes, which should be done at the earliest after you begin your workout regime.