The Best Pre-Workout Foods & Supplements

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I am not an expert when it comes to nutrition but I know there is no substitute for eating a
well balanced diet but sometimes our bodies need a little help and sometime we need a
little help. With the current rapidly changing environment many of use are choosing to work
out inside and may not be getting some of the nutrients we may need to stay in shape.

Some days our workouts go amazingly; we feel super energised, alert, and able to really
push for the burn. Other days, things don’t go so well, we feel lethargic, and that final thirty
seconds on the treadmill feels like an eternity! To increase your chances of having a fab
workout every time, the key is in what you put into your body before you hit the gym. You
should plan out your pre-workout meals and supplements carefully, to give yourself every
chance of boosting your performance. For a few ideas to get you started, check out some
of the best pre-workout foods and supplements.

Supplements

1 . Nitrate
Small amounts of nitrate are produced in our bodies, and you’ll find this molecule in
vegetables like beetroot, turnips, or spinach. The molecule is helpful for exercise because it’s
converted into nitric oxide, which helps to increase your blood flow. You can purchase nitric
oxide in supplement form or try drinking beetroot juice, a popular drink for runners.

2. Creatine
Creatine supplements are popular among keen athletes; it’s a substance that occurs naturally
inside our muscle cells. The substance helps the body to create the energy it needs to perform
intense exercise. Creatine can be found in meats such as pork and beef or fish like tuna and
salmon. Taking creatine supplements are often reported as helpful for those who complete
regular vigorous exercise. 

3. Beta-Alanine
Beta-alanine is an amino acid that differs slightly from other amino acids used by your body.
It’s non-essential, and it is not used to synthesize proteins. Combined with histidine, the acid
produces carnosine. From here, carnosine can help to reduce the build up of lactic acid, which
enables you to achieve an improved workout.

For more ideas, companies such as muscle rage have some great pre-workout supplements
containing beta-alanine plus a whole range of other supplements to support your exercise
regime.

Foods

1 . Chicken
If you want to achieve the best workout session, it’s essential to eat enough protein before you
begin. Protein is a crucial macronutrient that we all need to remain healthy. Protein helps to
boost the immune system, provide energy and repair damage. For a tasty pre-workout dinner,
chicken is undoubtedly the way to go. Besides protein, chicken is also full of minerals such as
phosphorus and calcium, which can help to keep your bones strong. Remember to add a
side of green vegetables for an extra nutritional boost. Increasing your intake of vegetables is
an excellent way to stay in shape and remain healthy.

2. Eggs
Another protein favourite, eggs make the best pre-workout breakfast. Add a little avocado and
smoked salmon on the side, and you’re good to go! Eggs also contain vitamins E and D, both
of which can help to boost our immune system.

3. Oatmeal
Oatmeal is another fab meal to snack on before you hit the gym. Oats are full of healthy
vitamins, fibre, and antioxidants too. Eating a large bowl of oats will help you to keep up your
stamina for longer, with a gradual release of energy. What’s more, eating oatmeal can help to
reduce the risk of heart disease and also to lower blood sugar levels.

When consuming any new supplements, be sure to check with your doctor first if you are
taking any pharmaceutical drugs.

Keep Safe & Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Leilu




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