There are times when life gets so busy and you’re stretched so thin, finding enough energy to exercise seems impossible. I know. I’ve been there. And the last thing I want to do is to reach for an energy drink loaded with artificial ingredients and sugar. But I also hate to miss my workouts.
Many women wonder if it’s OK to take a pre-workout supplement to boost energy—or if these formulas are intended for men (bodybuilders, in particular). Personally, I use them often, and I’d recommend them to anyone interested in improving his or her exercise routine.
Pre-workout supplements are specially formulated to give you longer lasting energy for your workouts and to increase your mental focus so you can push yourself harder. This will, in turn, help promote strength gains.
Many pre-workout formulas are also designed to promote nitric oxide production, which supports muscular endurance and helps fight fatigue so you can work out at a more strenuous level—and get better results.
The great thing about these supplements is that they come in powder or ready-to-drink forms. Powders can be easily mixed with water, shakes or smoothies or even into cereal or yogurt. I like Worldwide Sports Nutrition Extreme NOS Pumped, which is premixed and perfect for days when you won’t be home before heading to the gym.
I recommend taking your pre-workout supplement 30 to 45 minutes before exercise. By the time you make it to the gym, you’ll feel more than ready to tackle that workout!
NPC National Figure competitor Melissa Transou, a fitness expert, wife and mother, blogs about the unique sports and nutrition needs of women and female athletes exclusively for Vitacost.com. Learn more about Melissa in this recent RXMuscle.com spotlight article, connect with her on Facebook or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.