You just finished work, you skipped the couch lounge sesh and went straight into smashing a Flat Tummy Squat Challenge Workout- WOOHOO babe, you did it! But wait a sec. What you do AFTER a workout is as important as what you’re doing before, and during. In true FT fashion, we broke down the top exercise mistakes that are ruining your fitness progress- so you can be more efficient on your mission to get FIT!
1. Pre-Workout Nutrition
Fuelling your body pre-workout is essential for having the proper energy to actually crush it. Avoid fatigue and lack of energy by preparing meals with substance prior to working out. If this confuses you as much as it does us, we recommend trying a meal planning app, like Flat Tummy App that will help you customize a meal plan and personalize it for your needs!
Hydration is an important part of your diet, regardless of whether or not you’re working out. You’re going to want to stay hydrated before, during, and especially after a sweaty sesh. Experts recommend you drink roughly 30-35 ml of fluids per kg of body weight, per day! Oh and add an extra 500 - 1000 ml if you’re working out.
Warming up and cooling down is a huge part of your workout! Your muscles work better when they’re warmed up, and the soreness won’t be nearly as bad if you take time for post-workout recovery stretches!
4. Shake It Up With Protein
Technically this step could come before your workout, or after! Your body needs protein to recover from your exercise session and to help build more muscle. For this we recommend our Flat Tummy Meal Replacement Shakes. They provide 20g of vegan protein with only 140 cals or less, they’re also gluten-free, and no added dairy, sugar, or soy! Did we mention designed to be 3x more effective than diet and exercise alone?
5. High stress lifestyle
‘Why don’t you just relax?’ is a question we hate getting… but in this case, a high-stress lifestyle will make it very difficult for you to achieve greater fitness results. Why, you ask? Because your body will be torn between dealing with stress over body repair. Stress also releases a hormone called cortisol which promotes fat storage and breaks down muscle- so kick stress to the curb! Try going for a walk, playing with puppies (if you don’t have a puppy, volunteer at your local shelter), or enjoy a cup of our Menstrual Cycle Tea designed to help support a positive mood!*
There you have it, we laid out the top exercise mistakes, so you can make your workouts as effective (and efficient) as possible! What are your biggest exercise mistakes? Let us know in the comments below!