Supplements: A Total Myth Or The Real Deal?

If you’re just getting into training, you might be thinking about buying products to enhance your goals. There are supplements and vitamins out there that claim to do all kinds of things, from giving you more energy to helping you to feel less fatigued through your workouts. However, some people say that supplements are a total myth. What’s the truth? Should you spend your hard earned cash on them? Read on for a little advice!

The Truth About Supplements

Taking supplements can enhance the results you’re trying to get in the gym providing you take the right kind and get them from a reputable source. However, they will not do all of the work for you. No legal supplement will give you absolutely incredible results alone. You can get incredible results alone. No protein powder, no BCAAS – nothing. If you focus hard on your diet and training, you can achieve your goals without a single supplement. Just food and determination!

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Still Want To Try Supplements?

If you have the money to buy supplements and you’d like to give them a try, there are a couple out there that could potentially help you to improve. You don’t need every single supplement under the sun, but a couple of them stacked up could speed things up a little. A few you could try include:

Protein Powder

Protein powder can be super useful if you don’t get enough protein in your diet currently. You can drink it alone or make things with it like protein pancakes. A high protein diet helps to repair, maintain, and build muscle. Protein also helps us to feel fuller for longer. Aiming for around .7 to .8 of a gram per pounds of bodyweight is a good idea if you like to use weights.

BCAAs

BCAAs can stop the body from going into a catabolic state. Basically, it can stop the body from eating away at your muscles. This may happen if you haven’t eaten in a long time, or you’re doing an extended workout. Maybe you enjoy working out on an empty stomach. BCAAs are a tasty drink to take with you to the gym, and can help you to recover faster and ache less too.

Creatine

Creatine helps improve the body’s ability to produce energy rapidly. You can train harder and more often by taking a supplement like creatine, which is why many bodybuilders love stacking it with their other supplements. It can also help to improve protein synthesis.

What About Vitamins?

Vitamins can be great, but knowing which ones to take is important. Just some of the worthwhile vitamins for you may include:

  • A multivitamin – a multivitamin can be useful if you don’t get enough fruit and veg each day.
  • B12 – a good vitamin for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Vitamin D – keeps your bones, teeth, and muscles healthy.
  • Calcium – builds bones and keeps them healthy.

However, if you want to know for sure which vitamins to take, you can see a naturopath who will recommend some for your needs and lifestyle.

Will you be taking vitamins and supplements from now on, or will you go it alone and see what you can do?

Guest Post: How to Stay Super-Fit Without a Gym Membership

Don’t feel like working out in a Gym surrounded by other sweaty people? Struggling to pay a Gym membership? Don’t worry. You can still stay fit. You just need to search for other alternatives by which you can stay healthy. Those alternative ways should fit into your lifestyle.

In this post, I’ll explain some of those alternatives. I’ll help you to be fit in the comfort of your home without a gym.

Pushups: Pushups are simple abs exercises which can be used at home, on the road, in the park, and anywhere you want. In pushups, almost every major part of your upper body is involved. Pushups work the chest, shoulders, abs, and triceps. They help strengthen your upper back and shoulders and also provide stability to the Torso. They are very easy, and they don’t cost you anything as they don’t need any Gym equipments. They promote muscle endurance and fitness.

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Planks: Plank exercises are becoming popular because it engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously. It helps your abdominal muscles become stronger and your mid-section will tighten.

Are you suffering from back pain? Then here’s good news. Planks strengthen your back muscles and reduce back pain. Even the muscles around your shoulders, collar bone, and shoulder blades will expand and stretch.

Side planks are a type of plank that’s particularly very helpful in building balance and developing proper posture to your body.

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Crunches:  Crunches do not burn a lot of Calories, but are good at strengthening and toning abdominal muscles. By regular practice, not only the abdominal muscles, but also the connecting stabilizer muscles, such as your hip flexes and the muscles in your legs and chest are strengthened. In the long run, crunches increases flexibility, improves posture, and reduces the risk of injuries top the back and build muscle mass.

As muscle mass increases the number of calories burnt increases, which in turn help you to burn fat. Once the fat is cut you get the figure you want

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Cycling: Riding a bicycle is fun in children, and it also reduces depression and stress in adults and elderly people. Cycling involves a great deal of pedaling and involves the movement of almost each and every part of the lower body. During Cycling, even the heart, blood vessels, and lung get a workout. Thus it’s called an aerobic activity.

Your stamina increases and your body’s endurance capacity also increase. Increased energy levels during cycling last throughout the day resulting in greater enthusiasm at work. Even the quality of work improves and there’ll be higher energy for all normal activities.

If you are an elderly person, you can consider buying a spin bike or a recumbent bike. With these exercise bikes, you can avail the benefits of Cycling in the comforts of your home. In the case of recumbent bikes, there’ll be a soft seat and backrest so as to avoid falling. So, it’s very effective for people with back issues and also for seniors.

Running: You can surely runaway from your problems by running! Running increases serotonin levels in the brain, which lifts you up from depression and also prevents you from developing any sort of mental disorders.

Running is also an aerobic activity, and increases the capacity of the lungs and improves cardiovascular function. Your arteries expand and contract while running, thus keeping your blood pressure in a normal range. Instead of working on a treadmill, running outdoors has additional benefits like exposure to sunlight and fresh air. So, stop thinking and start running!

Wrapping up

If you find yourself feeling unmotivated while working out at home, consider getting pair of ear buds or these true wireless earbuds.  Music is your best friend when working alone without getting pissed off.

These are some of the best exercises that you can do yourself without the help of Gym equipments. Although going to Gym have great benefits like motivation to hustle hard, and socializing with people. If you have any problems that are holding you back from going to the Gym, this post might have helped you.

Thanks for reading.

Author bio:

Hi I’m James Hood. I’m a fitness trainer and an avid blogger, from Detroit, Michigan. Apart from training, I also have an affinity to spread the health consciousness especially among the millennials. I’m a business school dropout, driven to the fitness world by passion.