When we workout, like we do in HIIPfit classes, our body uses up an abundance of nutrients. It's our job to utilize the right supplements to make sure our bodies are fully fueled before, during, and after every workout.
There are a lot of supplements out there and most of them are great add-ins to any supplement routine. But, where do you start... never fear here is a list of my top three sups you need to get the most out of your workout.
Protein is one of the three main macronutrients and is extremely important to maintaining a fit physique. Protein powders can be an excellent and quick way to meet your daily nutrient goals without packing on too many calories. But, navigating the protein powder market can be a little overwhelming, so here are a couple of my suggestions.
If you are opting for a whey protein grab a whey isolate. These tend to have fewer carbohydrates and sugars.
If you are searching for a vegan option, there aren’t many that are super delicious, but remember it’s a supplement so think health first, taste second. Look for one that has a daily serving of greens in it too. Make a smoothie or just shake with water, but get your protein in after every hard workout.
Staying hydrated is a very important part of staying healthy and fit. Electrolyte supplements containing both sodium and potassium can help you minimize fatigue and even flu like effects such as headaches, lack of focus, fatigue, and nausea.
There are many products on the market, Nuun is one of my favorites. And there are also edible supplements called Tailwinds that many runners swear by. You can find both products at Fast Break Athletics.
Place one tablet in your water bottle and consume intra-workout (during your workout) and post-workout. It’s also a great way to nurse a hangover if you partied a little too hard the night before.
If you are a coffee drinker then you already know how important that early morning cup of joe can be, but many don’t know how important it can be to getting a great workout. Caffeine can not only give you that extra pep in your step, it can also help you stay focused during your workout.
Drink a glass of green tea, coffee, or pre-workout about 30 minutes before your workout. Start with a minimal amount until you figure out your sensitivity, remember that people react differently to caffeine so test out your own individual sensitivity and gradually add additional milligrams if necessary.
It is also important to note that too much caffeine can creat an opposite effect on the body, so, along with consuming in moderation, it is important to schedule your caffeine intake around your daily life. Be sure to avoid drinking caffeine late in the evening or before sleep.