There are literally thousands of supplements and marketing ploys saturating the physical fitness industry. The trick is knowing which ones are actually beneficial and which ones are spouting false claims. Supplements can be highly beneficial to general health, muscle recovery and injury prevention if used properly and responsibly. Here are just a few of the supplements I recommend to my customers and continually endorse to those looking for the benefits they bring.
Daily intake of a multivitamin is not only beneficial to everyone, but should be taken by anyone engaging in a regular fitness routine. Engaging in heavy exercise results in the body loosing vital minerals and vitamins throughout the day. This leads to lengthy recovery time after the workout as well as the body becoming unable to remove foreign toxins. Implementing a multivitamin replaces these lost nutrients allowing your muscles to recover quickly and enabling your immune system to fight off infections.
Using Protein Powder
Unknowledgeable individuals constantly discourage the use of protein powders, claiming a likeness to steroids and chemical enhancements. This belief is opposite from the truth. Protein powder can be an excellent addition to a beginning workout routine, increasing quality calorie consumption and reducing fat accumulation simultaneously.
Quite simply, protein powder is nothing more than powdered or dehydrated chicken. It is utilized for convenience when time does not allow for a full meal. However, it MUST be utilized in conjunction with a proper diet. If this is adhered to, recovery rate is increased, immune system receives a boost and success in your fitness goals are realized.
Creatine remains the most controversial and misunderstood OTC supplement today. The general claims are liver and kidney failure, rage and testicular atrophy. Despite these claims and false beliefs, creatine still remains the most researched, studied and developed sports supplement to ever be discovered.
These claims must be ignored. Besides slight water retention, creatine displays no other side effects associated with short or long term use. In addition, creatine is comprised of all natural ingredients. The benefits of this supplement are many and include a decrease in the “burn” or lactic acid felt during weight lifting as well as a prominent decrease in recovery time.
The optimum daily intake is noted at 5 grams daily, of a standard Creatine Monohydrate, found in any grocery or nutrition store. For increased absorption in the muscles, ingest the creatine with a cup of grape juice, or any sugar containing fruit juice.
Supplements are highly beneficial and can allow your fitness goals to become much more obtainable. However, they must be used properly in conjunction with a proper diet. There are many other supplements that provide additional benefits, however the three listed above should be utilized first before considering additional supplements. The results attained using supplements can promote hard work and persistence in meeting your desired goals.