Are you lacking that “let’s do this” attitude as you go into your workout? Do you feel sluggish throughout exercise? Well, the guilty culprit to your energy woes may be your pre-workout fuel.
If you feel like you are already doing everything within your wheel house to optimize your workouts via your pre-workout routine, then supplementation may be the next step worth trying. Not all supplements are created equally though, so always consult your Medical Doctor and do appropriate research before taking or adding on supplements of any kind to your normal medication and lifestyle regimen.
B-12 comes in liquid, sublingual, tablet and even injectable forms. This vitamin can boost mental clarity and physical energy, support immune function and assist in DNA development.
Pre-workout supplements often contain large amounts of caffeine as a stimulant to help you feel like you have a little pep in your step. These excessive amounts often inhibit sleep and can even push you over the recommendation for healthy adults of 400 mg of caffeine or less per day. An eight ounce cup of joe contains about 91 mg of caffeine which is a little more reasonable than most pre-workout supplements.
The Institute of Medicine committee recommends those from 9 years old to 70 years old get at least 600 IU per day with a maximum safe upper level of intake, of 4,000 IU per day. If you do not get enough Vitamin D via foods and sunlight, this supplement may be the perfect addition to your daily lifestyle routine. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, promotes bone growth, supports energy and has been found to help fight diseases like heart disease, depression, multiple sclerosis and even the flu.
Electrolytes are minerals found in the body’s fluids such as the blood, which have an electric charge. These minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium can prevent muscle cramping, assist in nerve impulses and so much more.Try avoiding sugary drinks that contain electrolytes instead opt to make your own using this recipe.
Other noteworthy all natural alternatives
- Matcha Green Tea contains caffeine and is packed with antioxidants
- Maca root or Peruvian ginseng has been shown to boost mood and sports performance.
- Ashwagandha has been found to improve stamina, muscle strength and muscle recovery.
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC
Health Advisor | Email Casey