All of our energy comes from foods we eat and liquids we drink. So it is important to fuel our bodies properly. If we are active, we are using energy & calories even if we aren’t actually in the gym “working out”. When we get ready to exercise it is important to increase the fuel and prepare our bodies. Just like you wouldn’t drive out onto the highway for a long trip with an empty gas tank, you shouldn’t start increasing physical activity without preparing.
I see a lot of athletes that tire out because they do not hydrate prior to activity. Most people know the importance of staying hydrated, drinking to replace losses from sweating. What they don’t know is that it is often quite hard to drink fast enough to replace losses. You get behind and it is hard to catch up.
So what can we do to properly support an exercise program?
Prepare – you need increased blood flow to deliver oxygen to muscles and simple carbs for energy. this type of fluid needs to be consumed at least 30 minutes prior to activity
Hydrate – during a workout you need to replace electrolytes and fluids lost through sweating and burned by the body’s metabolic processes
Recover – during exercise muscle cells work hard – that’s a lot of chemistry going on. Free radicals are released and they are scavengers and cause damage and are partly responsible for those sore muscles. You need antioxidants to scavenge the free radicals. If you give your body the proper amino acids and antioxidants it will repair any damage and you will notice you feel much better and have avoided the sore muscles.
There you have it! Now, take your workout to the next level and feel great afterwards. Look for products with simple carbs for energy, electrolytes including magnesium for replacement, and branched chain amino acids for recovery. (comment or send an email with your info and I will send you samples of a 3 step workout drink).