We all work hard to stay in shape, but what if parts of your regimen are sabotaging your results? Sometimes bad habits go unnoticed, it’s possible you may take three steps forward and two steps back.
Here are 5 habits that can make or break your success.
There is plenty of information out there on how to support a healthy diet. One thing is for certain, eating right and at the right times can have a huge impact on your results. Two details that may be overlooked and are thus hurting your performance are:
- Overeating before a workout. Doing so may cause fatigue as it takes plenty of energy to digest the food.
- Not eating enough. You wouldn’t go on a road trip with an empty gas tank, the same goes for your body. Make sure you are eating pre-workout unless you have planned ahead for a fasted training session. Generally speaking, fuel up with carbs like oats an hour or so before you HIT the gym.
If you have hit a plateau, it may be due to lack of sleep. You need recovery time. Make sure you are getting a good amount of shut-eye.
3.) Too much/too little water
As excellent and important as water is to a workout routine, too much water can make you bloated, crampy or nauseous. On the other hand, you need to stay hydrated in order to HIT workouts hard. As a general rule, you should drink .5-1 ounces of water per pound of body weight. If you are working out a lot or live in a hotter climate, try to get at least 1 ounce per pound.
Many athletes love to get a good pump, it looks cool and feels great. However, there is more to being fit than brute strength. Paying attention to mobility will help your form and ward off injury. Being able to hit full range of motion is not always easy, take time to stretch, the payoff is huge.
5.) Setting Goals
Set goals for yourself. Working out without a specific goal may keep your progress stagnant. Challenging yourself to hit PR’s, go on stage, or drop 2% body fat will keep you moving in the right direction.