, 7 Workout Rules You Can Totally Ignore,
There are few feelings better than the one you get after conquering a solid workout. And while you might feel great and have been slaying it in the gym even harder than Kylie Jenner on Instagram, there’s one teensy issue—you’re not seeing the rad results you were hoping for. It happens, and it sucks.
There are a few non-negotiables when it comes to making fitness gains: you have to do some sort of training (on a semi-regular basis) and you need to keep up a healthy, balanced diet. But if you’re looking to maximize your next training session, here are seven workout “rules” you can totally ignore:
Rule #1: You should never eat before a morning workout.
Fact: Your body needs fuel to function. “People think they’ll burn more fat in the morning if they don’t eat before a workout,” says Jessica King, head coach at Peloton Cycle. “If you’re going to wake up and do an intense workout, try eating Ezekiel toast (it’s made with sprouted grains) with almond butter, a hardboiled egg, or a smoothie.” Eating something with carbs and protein will make sure your body has enough energy to power through your routine. Here’s what a registered dietitian recommends eating before (and after) a workout.
Rule #2: You should only stick to one type of workout.
Fact: There’s always more than one way to get where you want to go. “If you’re looking to gain muscle, one of the best things you can do is change up your routine,” says wellness and fitness expert Adam Rosante, author of The 30 Second Body: Eat Clean, Train Dirty & Live Hard. “The body is incredibly proficient at adapting to stress. So, if you’ve been doing the standard 3 sets of 12 reps for a while, switching things up will lead to really impressive gains.”
Rule #3: You shouldn’t do anything that resembles a workout on your rest day.
Fact: Rest days are about giving your body time to recover and your muscles the opportunity to repair. Everyone defines rest differently. YOU DO YOU! So that doesn’t have to mean sitting on the couch all day (no judging if you want to though!). A rest day can involve some light walking, restorative yoga, and a whole lot of foam rolling.
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