Avoid these Pre-workout Mistakes

It takes a good bit of effort in your daily routine to carve out time for a sweat session, so don't sabotage it by making poor choices before you exercise. There are any number of no-no’s that make it harder for you to benefit from a good workout—and can actually cause injuries that ultimately sideline you from hitting the gym at all. 

Working Out on Empty: If you work out first thing in the morning, it's essential to eat a little something to fuel your workout, or you'll end up actually burning the muscle you're working so hard to build. Here are some light pre-workout snack ideas.????

Fueling With Fiber: Apples and peanut butter may be a healthy snack, but their high fiber content can cause such digestive issues as gas pains or the need to run to the ladies' room in the midst of your workout. Choose snacks that are focused around protein and carbs to offer you energy sans the tummy troubles.

Gulping Down an Energy Drink: Caffeine might give your workout a boost, but energy drinks are also packed with refined sugars. They will end up spiking your blood sugar levels, which then drop dramatically in the middle of your workout, making you lose your get-up-and-go. Sip on some coffee or green tea instead.

Eating Too Much: A lunchtime workout offers a much-needed break from your busy day. But if you scarf down your midday meal and then head to the gym, not only are you prone to digestive issues during your workout, but your body will expend its energy breaking down the food, making you feel too sluggish to sweat it out. Opt for a small snack 30 minutes beforehand, and then enjoy your lunch when you’ve completed your due diligence at the gym..

Wearing Cotton: Believe it or not, although cotton is all-natural, soft and breathable, undies and socks made of this material are better reserved for your time away from the gym. When you sweat, the fabric can get sopping wet—and it remains that way until you change. This can lead to blisters on your feet, yeast infections for your lady business and chafing in other areas. Slip on workout clothes made of wicking material to pull moisture away from your skin to keep you dry. 

Stretching: Stretching cold muscles before your workout is a surefire way to pull a muscle. Save your stretch session for after your workout.

Jumping Right Into Your Workout: It's hard to find time to fit exercise into our day, so when we finally get to the gym, we typically want to get in and out as fast as possible. But don't skip the warm-up just because you're short on time. Spend at least five minutes doing a lighter version of your workout. It always pays off in the end.