Many athlete’s use protein shakes before a workout or a long run because it gives them the protein and carbohydrates they need to go the extra mile. But what other supplements are available both before, and after a work out that could boost your energy and strength to go just a little further in your exercise routine?
First of all, carbohydrates are important for a pre-routine because they are the quickest way to give your muscles energy. It doesn’t mean that you have to eat a heavy meal, a shake or a sports drink will be sufficient. Studies have also shown caffeine to be an effective way to begin your workout but there are some warnings; be sure to take the supplement an hour before working out and be aware of the caffeine content in the supplement. Too much caffeine could make you jittery or nauseous. Vitamin C is also an excellent supplement before and after a workout. Vitamin C is known to help ward off a cold but it can also be a good aid in exercise because it’s an antioxidant which is helpful in dealing with the stress that a workout can put on the body.
Secondly, after a workout you want to make sure you carb up again because your body will deplete your supply during your workout. And tart cherry juice or powder is becoming more common now with athletes because it seems to have non-steroidal anti-inflammatory properties. It seems to help marathoners recover their strength more quickly after a race, but there is still ongoing research to confirm if it really helps or not.
The bottom line is to always be careful with the supplements you choose and do research on whatever you want to try, but they can be a great way to boost your exercise and help regain your strength quicker after the fact. So run on!