Maybe you are feeling pretty good because you are in a groove when it comes to your workouts.
You’ve established a cardio schedule that is keeping your heart rate up. You have added weights into your weekly routine because you know the value of building muscle and how that ramps up your body’s ability to burn calories.
But have you given any thought to what dietary supplements you should be taking and how those work into your overall fitness nutrition goals?
Supplement your workout
Adding the right nutritional supplements into your workout routine can help fill in the gaps, making up for the vitamins and minerals you are not getting from your daily meals and snacks. And choosing supplements to complement your exercise regimen will help provide your body with the proper nutrition it needs while working out.
Let’s walk through the different types of vitamins and supplements that can help enhance your workouts.
Nutritional supplements can give you a boost before you even start your workout. There are a variety of pre-workout supplements. Some are designed to ramp up your energy, while others are geared toward improving your endurance ahead of a long workout.
For example, taking a supplement or sipping an energy drink containing caffeine before you exercise can help raise your energy level. If you need a little help getting started, try an XS™ Energy + Burn drink.
You could also try XS™ Intense Pre-Workout Boost, which has caffeine and a blend of CarnoSyn® beta alanine and rhodiola for increased energy and sharper focus.
Another pre-workout supplement to consider is nitrate, especially if you’re doing endurance training like running or cycling. Nitrate is naturally-occurring in the human body in small amounts. Taken in larger amounts as a supplement, nitrate turns into nitric oxide, which supports healthy blood flow and allows some people to work out a little longer before exhaustion sets in.
Protein fuels post-workout recovery
Once your workout is over, protein can help fuel your body’s recovery, whether it’s in the form of protein shakes, protein-rich snacks or a protein supplement.
Protein is important after your workout because it helps your muscles to recover, and once they do you are able to build on that new muscle mass during your next workout. So, using protein as part of your recovery actually sets the stage for your next great workout. Protein also helps you keep your lean muscle mass.
There are a couple different types of protein that are beneficial after a workout: whey and casein protein. Both are milk products, but they have different benefits for your body after a workout.
Whey protein can be quickly absorbed by your body and is effective right after a workout. It helps your body recover and builds muscle mass. Casein protein is digested more slowly, allowing a steady release of muscle-building proteins over time.
XS™ Protein Pods have 20 grams of whey protein isolate and are easy to keep in your gym bag and drop in a water bottle after you exercise. (Bonus: These naturally-flavored pods also keto-friendly and free of soy, gluten, lactose, fat and sugar!) The ready-to-drink XS™ Sports Protein Shakes are also super convenient and have 25g of whey and casein protein.
Nourish with aminos
Amino acids are some of the superstars when it comes to your fitness goals. These little organic compounds team up to form proteins, which in turn are macromolecules – the building blocks of life that combine to make up our muscles.
These amino acids are workhorses when it comes to building muscles and muscle recovery. The human body has 20 different kinds of amino acids, which can arrange themselves into hundreds of thousands of different types of protein strands, depending on what our bodies require.
To nourish your body, tap into the amino acids that are right for your fitness goals. XS™ Muscle Multiplier* Essential Amino Acid Supplement helps build lean muscle mass and delivers all nine essential amino acids and helps you rebound after workouts†.
If you are trying to lose fat and keep muscle mass, try a supplement like Nutrilite™ Lean Muscle, which contains conjugated linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that supports lean muscle retention.†
Take essential nutrients
Nutritional supplements are designed to help fill in the gaps, providing an array of essential vitamins and minerals that you might not be getting from your daily diet. To help reach your nutritional goals, pick a multivitamin that will support your health and well-being.
The more you exercise and the more active you are, the greater your body’s need might be for B vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes. Getting these from daily nutritional supplements can help fuel your body’s natural processes of energy metabolism, muscle function and muscle recovery.
Vitamins A, E and C are good ones to focus on, and Nutrilite™ Daily contains 100% or more of that trio, plus another 21 essential vitamins and minerals, along with whole plant concentrates.
Lastly, don’t forget the beneficial fatty acids that come from fish oil. They can support joint health. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon, sardines and tuna are good for supporting heart health. You can also try a supplement, like Nutrilite™ Heart Health Omega.†
Nutritional supplements aren’t a quick fix in and of themselves, but they can help you meet your fitness and nutrition goals when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Read more about how vitamins and supplements can help you reach your goals by checking out other blogs at Amway Connections. And to learn more about any of the products mentioned here, visit Amway.com or Amway.ca.
*When combined with regular weight/resistance training and a healthy balanced diet.
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.