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Healthy Eating: Do I Need Pre-Workout Supplements or Not?

All of us have seen commercials showing the use of supplements and pre-workouts and how they can help us gain a better physique. But many of us also tend to think whether we really need it provided the fact that we do not want to build that much a physique as much as we want a fit body. So, we find ourselves in a dilemma.

In order to find out whether we need a pre-workout (or a supplement) or not, we need to fist know what it is and how it works. And in this blog, we shall be doing exactly that. From finding out more about them to knowing our needs for them, we shall talk about it all in a perfect succinct manner.

The first question, what is a pre-workout?

A pre-workout is basically a meal, a snack or a drink supplement that is taken before a workout which helps to energize and maximize our exercising efforts. Basically, they enhance our workouts. To make it simpler, many such pre-workout supplements are made with caffeine. Now, caffeine is a stimulant that energizes our body by activating suitable chemicals (beta-endorphins) that increase our energy and alertness. This energy comes in a lot handy while doing strenuous workouts.  However, if you find yourself sensitive to caffeine, then there are other options too. Some brands use an additive known as beta-alanine which helps in slowing down our muscle fatigues so that we can push ourselves harder during workouts.

The second question, when should I use a pre-workout?

The first thing that you need to do before opting for a pre-workout is reach out to your trainer of physician. It is very important to consult a person who knows about these things before you consume them. Once you are all-clear on taking it, there are high chances that you will be told to consume it atleast 30 minutes before you begin your workout. This is because your body needs to digest the supplement in order to give you the energy to workout.

The third question, how do I know it is working?

There won’t be any sign from the skies to tell you that it is working. But you will be able to get signs of it working. You will feel less fatigue and slowly you will see that the amount of time of your workout is increasing. However, it is suggested to not take more supplements than as prescribed by your trainer or physician as it can have negative effects on your body.

The fourth and final question, are pre-workouts worth all their hype?

It is a very common question that people ask when talking about pre-workouts. The main thing that we need to know is that for the most part, such supplements contain caffeine; but in a lot more quantity than that of our usual coffee. Some pre-workout supplements have caffeine equivalent to 4 cups of coffee and can be a bit too much for a lot of people to the extent of leading to health problems.

For the most part, working out in the gym is a better excuse for consuming pre-workout supplements. If you are stretching and having not-that-strenuous workouts at home, it is not necessary to take them. Rather, if you are feeling fatigued by doing these, try finding out why. Is it because you need more sleep? Or do you need to drink more water? Is there any other way for you to boost yourself? Your physician can help a lot in these.

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