21/11/2018 0 Comments
George Morris physio Wigan Exercise habits that may actually be hurting you.
George Morris physio Wigan
Exercise habits that may actually be hurting you.
*You're not sleeping enough and still working out.
You might pat yourself on the back for having a rough night of sleep and still making it to that early morning sweat session, but those bleary-eyed gym sessions are not good for you.
"Skimping on sleep and trying to 'warrior' through challenging workouts and long workdays is a recipe for disaster! If this is a regular habit for you, chances are that your body is slowly breaking down over time instead of being built up and made stronger," Spraul said.
Of course, this is challenging when running on little sleep is the norm for many of us, thanks to our frenetic daily pace and hectic daily schedules. In fact, you might even feel praise for still managing to squeeze in a workout, but Spraul says, "We've got to fight the mentality of celebrating getting so much done while running on only 3-4 hours of sleep."
Getting enough sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being, and your fitness routine is a huge part of that. That's why those rest days are extra important.
*You're not hydrating correctly.
We all know that drinking enough water is crucial to keep oxygen flowing to our muscles, but the way you hydrate is just as important, especially when it comes to working out. If you're chugging a gallon of H2O just prior to working out, you may feel pretty ill when you go to hit the gym.
"A couple of ways to make sure you get enough water is to carry a water bottle with you and drink throughout the day," Megan Ostler, a registered dietitian withiFit, told INSIDER. "Drink water when you wake up, before and with meals, and anytime in between."
Ostler explained that "hunger can often be confused for dehydration," so she said, "it's a good idea to drink before snacking. Also, because your food provides about 20% of your total water intake, make sure to take advantage by filling up on water-loaded fruits and vegetables. Some of my favorites are watermelons, strawberries, spinach, and broccoli. They'll not only help you hydrate, but because of their high water content, they'll also help you feel full on less calories."
And even though drinking water often carries a health halo, especially by health and wellness gurus, you can actually drink too much. ,
"Be careful not to overdo it. Even with water, you can drink too much," Ostler said. "Over-hydration can be dangerous, due to an electrolyte imbalance in the body. This is a condition called hyponatremia. This typically occurs when you're drinking and sweating a lot."
How can you prevent hyponatremia? Ostler said, "Be sure to replenish your electrolytes, as well as water, with a sports drink when exercising for longer than an hour. Also, don't drink more than one liter or quart per hour during exercise."