Nowadays, ‘eating clean’ and regularly visiting the gym are parts of popular culture. We have become incredibly health and wellbeing conscious, determined to reach prime fitness and sculpt beach-ready bodies. But what if you’re not making the most of your time in the gym?
There are 4 popular misconceptions held by gym-goers which may be stopping you making your exercise as valuable as possible.
Warm-up and Cool-down Like A Winner
Many consider both warming-up before exercise and cooling-down after to be pointless time-wasters. In fact, a 3 to 6-minute warm-up before exercise is key to preparing your brain and body for the routine to come by triggering the release of injury-preventative hormones into the muscles and joints.
Similarly, a cool-down stretch at the end of a workout enables heart rate and body temperature to return to normal. This regulates the rate blood is pumped around the body, so reducing any burning sensations in the muscles by cleansing the system of lactic acid.
Crushing The Cardio
If our exercise goal is to lose weight, many of us are guilty of running straight for the treadmill. Although cardio-based routines will burn calories quickly, this alone isn’t going to help you build strength or improve your physical appearance.
According to Equinox, the Transatlantic Health Club Group, this purely cardio approach to training will not improve metabolism and so will not support the body’s ability to absorb nutrients to repair muscle tissue.
So what does boost your metabolism? Strength training!
You are far more likely to achieve your exercise goals by incorporating a mixture of strength-building exercises into your routine. This doesn’t mean lifting the heaviest weights possible; even simple body-weight exercises can be effective. Next time you’re at the gym, give squats, press-ups and planks a try.
No-Purpose Protein Shakes
The benefits of consuming protein shakes are widely debated. They are expensive, packed with unnecessary sugars and don’t significantly enhance the effect of the training you do.
It is far better to incorporate natural protein into your diet, such as eggs, meat and fish. This will nourish your muscles, ensuring they repair and rebuild after strenuous sessions.
Sleep is Sacred
Not getting enough sleep will weaken your workouts. A great deal of muscle reparation and growth takes place overnight, so getting plenty of sleep is essential for physical development.
Going to bed and setting your alarm for the same time each day will enable you to establish a regular, quality sleeping pattern. Avoid caffeine after dinner and keep technology out of your bedroom - the blue light emitted by screens wreak havoc with your body clock.
Increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep by drinking a steaming cup of Benenox before you head to bed. When taken before going to sleep, Benenox Overnight Recharge tops up the essential nutrients your body needs ensuring you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
There you have it! You are fully equipped to hit the gym harder, without putting any more effort in.
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