In a simple world, you would work out, rest, and do it all over again. Alas, the world we live in isn’t simple, particularly when it comes to health and fitness. In 2017, it seems like you need to be a supplement expert if you want to be fit and healthy. And, the odds are high that you aren’t. Don’t fear, though, because there is no need for you to worry about pre and post-workout supplements. Nope, all you need to do is let us worry for you and follow some basic advice. Do you think you can do that? Good because everything you need to know is below.
Cardio Vs Muscle Growth Vs Weight Loss
Quite simply, there are hundreds if not thousands of supplements for a variety of ailments. Whether you want to boost your fitness or lose weight, there is a pill you can pop. There are so many types out there, whether it is androstenedione for bodybuilding or SARMS (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) for lean muscle growth, the choice is incredibly overwhelming. But, you should never swig it down just for the sake of taking a supplement. The trick is to tailor your pre and post-exercise poppage to your fitness goals. So, if you want to build muscle, the research on Ligandrol points to this being a good choice. From a cardio standpoint, Arginine is an excellent option because it increases the blood flow to the muscles.
What you need to know is that there is a difference between muscle growth and repair. In simple terms, growth is when you want to build muscle. Repair, on the other hand, is something you need to do after every session. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking to run a marathon because it’s still a necessary part of your post-workout plan. The reason is a condition called DOMS. It stands for the delayed onset of muscle soreness, which means the muscles tear during exercise. If you want to recover quickly, you need to repair them asap. Creatine is the most popular post-workout protein at the moment.
Taking supplements isn’t enough to boost your regime. If you don’t consume them at the right time, you won’t feel any benefits. It’s like eating a meal one hour before you exercise and then getting tired halfway through. The body doesn’t have enough time to turn the food into energy, and the same is true of supplements. Official times vary depending on the product but 2-3 hours beforehand works as a general rule. After a workout, it usually pays to take the supplements after the cool down. That way, the body has more time to recover before bedtime.
Please don’t take too much because it will negate the effect of the supplement. Again, they are like food in this sense. Eat too little and you will be malnourished, but eat too much and you’ll get fat. The key is to take the perfect amount so that there is no excess. The good news is there is an easy way to do it: read the label. Always go with the manufacturer’s advice as they understand the side-effects.
If in doubt, consult your doctor for more information.