I’m going to do more sport. I want to lose a few pounds. We all know what it’s like with New Year’s resolutions. At the start of the year, so many of us are all set to sweat. But before you get cracking on your first workout on 2018, there are five things you should bear in mind – because there are certain mistakes that you SHOULDN’T MAKE before exercise.
1. Drink too much water
Drinking enough is important when you do sport. A lack of liquid has a negative impact on your performance. But it’s just as bad to drink too much – filling up in advance – before exercise. You won’t be doing yourself a favour, for example, if you drink a litre of water before exercise. The volume of liquid that is then in your stomach may lead to cramps and nausea. A better idea: drink only a small amount before exercise and simply take your SPORT Bottle along with you so that you can take regular drinks while you work out. You can see the effects of high quality liquid intake with RINGANA SPORT boost here: Drinking the right way when practising sport
2. A quick protein shake before sport?
A protein shake after sport is a good idea. PACK energy, for example, will deliver fast regeneration after athletic activity. The vegan proteins from wholegrain rice and peas promote muscle-building. But protein shakes before sport? NO! The drinks contain a lot of protein, so digestion combined with exercise puts too much pressure on your body. Do without the shake before exercise – but feel free afterwards to enjoy a smoothie with the PACK energy. Here’s a good recipe: “Smooth Energy”
3. Eating too late and too much
As anyone could imagine, stuffing yourself silly shortly before a workout, thinking “I’ll burn it all off anyway when I exercise” is not a good idea. In this case too, your body will largely be involved with digestion – and you may end up feeling sick as well.
Leave around 3 hours between eating any big, complex meal and exercise. Limit yourself to light meals with nutrients that are quickly available an hour ahead of exercise. If you’re feeling hungry again shortly before exercising, try our “Smoothie Bowl” with SPORT boost. Preparation in this way can be a welcome change. In order to achieve maximum effect, however, we recommend that you take RINGANA SPORT as an isotonic drink (1 sachet mixed with 600 ml water). An isotonic drink has the same osmolality as human blood and is absorbed exceptionally fast by the body.
4. Go without sleep for the sake of sport
Brimming with motivation, you’ve set the alarm clock, so that you can squeeze in some exercise before work. But you’re struggling to get out of bed and your body is crying out for more sleep. If you really are overtired (not only lazy ), it’s really hard work for your body to function. In addition, your heartbeat and pulse rate will rise faster which means you’ll tire easier. In that case, you’re better off getting a decent sleep rather than exercise.
5. No stretching
Stretching should be part of every workout. When you stretch, blood circulation in the muscles is boosted, and your body will be prepared for the pressure you’re going to put on it. That reduces your risk of injury, so you can really get stuck into your Sport programme.
In that spirit – we wish you a sporting start to 2018. We hope our Sport Blog helps you to achieve the goals you’ve set yourself for 2018.
And a little tip that may help you to keep your sporting New Year’s resolutions for the rest of the year:
For lots of us, it’s a great help to have some company, particularly when it comes to sport. If you’re going it alone, it’s so easy to flop onto the couch instead of facing up to exercise. So it’s a good idea to have a training partner you don’t want to let down. A fellow athlete, a like-minded person, or simply someone in the know who can cheer you on and encourage you can be highly motivating.