Maximizing Your Workout
At one stage in time, all you needed to do was to eat some toast or a banana if you were about to perform a tough workout. Nowadays, there’s a lot of buzz about pre-workout supplements. In this post, we will have a look at what these are, what the benefits of taking them are and whether or not they are safe.
What are Pre-Workout Supplements?
It is simply a supplement that you take before you work out. It usually comes in the form of a powder that you need to mix with water. Some contain ingredients to boost your energy. As long as they are natural pre-workout supplements, these can be quite helpful.
They may be categorized into workout supplements for men and workout supplements for women, but not all companies do this.
What are the Benefits?
The benefits of taking these include:
- More energy to perform your workout
- Less chance of dehydration or loss of electrolytes.
- Better performance during your workout and the ability to work-out for longer.
- Faster recovery times afterward.
- Better circulation and increased blood to the muscles of the body.
Are They Safe?
This depends on the actual supplement itself. The best pre-workout supplements have been scientifically formulated to be beneficial. As long as you look for a reputable brand from a reputable company, you will be safe.
Look for companies that have an established track record and that do not make outlandish claims about what the product will do for you.
Look for supplements containing the following ingredients to make sure that you get the best results.
Yes, carbs are viewed as the enemy by many of us now, but they are the perfect source of energy for you if you want to have a tough workout. The longer and harder you will be working out, the more carbo-loading you need to do. If you do not have enough carbs in your system, your body is not able to perform at its best during exercise.
This is not a must have, but it can be helpful. It helps you feel more alert and gives you a boost of energy. Studies show promising results with caffeine because it helps to decrease your perception of how hard you have been working.
There is also a theory, confirmed in some small studies, that caffeine increases the amount of fat your muscles burn. This allows you to work-out for longer.
There is some evidence that beetroot juice can increase the body’s levels of nitric oxide and help to boost cardiovascular performance. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator. During a workout, it makes the blood vessels open up more, meaning that the heart does not have to pump quite as hard. This helps to build aerobic endurance.
There are many more ingredients that the supplement may contain. Whether these will all be useful or not to you depends on the ingredients themselves. It makes sense to do some research upfront to ensure that your supplement has as many benefits as it claims to have.