by Debra Arko, Featured Contributor
READERS AND PATIENTS alike often ask which supplements for fitness training are best. The truth is none. The answer is a healthy diet along with proper exercise.Vitamins don’t make your workout better, though some may add to your endurance. The most difficult part of busy professionals in finding the time to exercise on a regular basis.
When we speak of diet, I don’t mean limiting your food intake, I am talking about eating for a healthier you. Gaiam Life had a great article on not eating enough during the day, a common problem that stops weight loss. For most professionals, the gym bag or walking shoes sit beside your desk, ready to go but you don’t move come lunch time. That report needs to be done, or the idea of coming back to work after sweating, makes it easy to talk ourselves out of lunchtime workouts. So you decide to eat less and the cycle stalls your metabolism.
Sports Experts Weigh In About Supplements For Training
Gary Stuart, a professional trainer, writes for the Washington Post and has this to say. “My general opinion is that supplements are unnecessary.”
Gary says, “If you’re doing a long workout and want protein,
the best shake protein appears to be whey.” This is because it is assimilated 70% quicker than soy or casein. This means it goes to your muscles faster.
“As for the belief that you must eat or have protein within 30 minutes of a workout, there is no proof or evidence this is important,” he continues on to say.
Another favorite vitamin or mineral by gym goers or those exercising is Creatine. There is a large body of evidence supporting it adds muscle mass. It’s important to note it also causes water storage. Not so great if you want to look slim, reduce joint pain or losing weight. It is great news if you’re a bodybuilder looking to put on weight. For the person who sits at a desk all day, this only adds to your feeling of heaviness in the afternoons.
Can Supplements For Training Do More Harm Than Good?
This is something to note about joint pain for everyone. Our bodies s
tore water in muscle, fat, and joint tissue. Water storage is never good for your health.
So how do caffeine or energy drinks help with training or workouts? They can give you the ability to exercise longer. I am not a fan of using caffeine to get the job done, and that includes your real job. My favorite natural botanical is Prodovite because it works so well and doesn’t have any added sugar, preservatives, or chemicals. This is a video of how quickly it changes your blood. Recently it was WADA Tested and accepted for use by athletic competitors needing Endurance Training Supplements. More information can be found on the product site.
How Much Exercise Or Training Is Best?
This can be 15-45 minutes daily. It should be a mix of walking, jogging or cycling. Include weight lifting 1-3 times weekly. This can add your own body weight through yoga or similar exercising. Some time ago we had an article with a cool fat blaster infographic to do. Weight loss is easy, if you do this list along with a proper eating plan.
If you include natural or organic vegetables daily in your diet with high-quality protein, you can keep vitamins to a minimum. You do not need supplements to build muscle or losing pounds. They simply ‘supplement’ a diet poor in nutritional value.
The bottom line, the best weight training supplements are what comes naturally in food. Take the money and spend it on higher quality food instead of supplements for training.
All the pictures we use are protected. They are from Bigstock, Fotolia, DreamTime, or from Google free to use even commercially.