Whether you’re a cross-fit junkie, dedicated triathlete or three-day-a-week treadmill walker, there’s one thing everyone who works out regularly has in common: you eventually get bored. After weeks or months of doing the same exercise, in the same place, at the same time, not only is your body no longer challenged, but your mind starts craving something more. The solution is simple. To get the most out of fitness, you’ve got to switch things up!
You’ve got the basics covered, right? Whey protein at breakfast and before the gym, a pre-workout with creatine and caffeine, BCAAs while you train, glutamine when you’re done and a casein protein shake at bedtime. Sports nutrition supplements support all your efforts, but without a clean diet to supply the nutrients your body needs, you’re not going to get very far. It’s always best to fuel up with vitamins, minerals and other essentials from real food, but for back up, bodybuilders should consider taking a multivitamin.
The Fitness Edge is not just about fitness and nutrition. It’s about performing better and more efficiently in every aspect of life. That’s why I want to discuss a part of your body you might be neglecting: your brain. Beyond a solid nutrition program and exercising regularly, there are a few natural ways you can support brain power. If you want to nourish your brain with nutrients that promote healthy memory, better mood and more, here are some supplements you should know about.
Gaining muscle without gaining excess fat can be challenging, but it’s achievable with the right nutrition strategy. Beginners can experience significant improvements in muscle growth and fat loss simultaneously as their bodies adapt to new exercise stressors. Unfortunately, accomplishing both of these goals at once becomes increasingly difficult as conditioning levels advance. This is why elite-level athletes and bodybuilders dedicate specific periods of time to one goal: either gain muscle, or lose fat.
Getting enough protein can be tough when you’re a vegetarian, especially if you’re on the strict side and fish, eggs or dairy (in addition to beef and chicken) are on the list of foods you don’t eat. Being a vegetarian athlete or active person makes things even trickier because your daily protein needs are going to be higher than those of someone who does not exercise regularly. Although the recommended daily intake of protein varies depending on your age, gender and weight, it’s said active individuals should aim for about a gram of protein per pound of body weight daily.
Looking for a quick workout that will burn calories, tone muscle and improve coordination? Pick up a jump rope! Did you know jumping rope at a moderate pace for just 15 to 20 minutes can burn up to 200 calories—that’s almost the amount in a candy bar.
The average grocery store carries over 38,000 products(1). Out of those 38,000 products only a handful are actually good for you. At times it seems grocery chains make health food shopping intentionally confusing. Why is that I see soda, candy bars, and ice cream EVERYWHERE I look but finding almonds is like finding a needle in a haystack?
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