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So the New Year has rolled around, 2016 is now behind us and 2017 is already in full swing. This is the time of year when so many new goals are set, so many resolutions made many of which, unfortunately aren’t adhered too. There is often too much expectation on immediate results and quick fixes when it comes to New Years resolutions. People get too caught up in the hype and go too hard too fast, this often leads to burn out and fatigue, forcing people to give up on their goals and revert to old habits once life gets in the way. But if that goal is truly something important to you then you should never give up, the key is to approach things at a steady rate, step by step with a plan, setting yourself up to win and maintain what you set out to achieve. This applies to all aspects of your goals, especially in regards to those health and fitness goals you’d love to achieve. Supplementation can play a key role in edging you closer to your resolution and there is exception here when it comes to taking it step by step, building your supplement stack from the ground up. That’s why this article will keep it simple and be straight to the point, focusing on just 3 of the top sports supplements you can take that will lay the ground work and get you kick started on those 2017 fitness goals!
As I am sure many would have guessed a good quality protein powder tops our list of supplements to kick start your new years resolution. Protein is an essential macronutrient that we require in our diets to promote muscle growth, recovery and repair. Setting health and fitness goals will require some form of dietary adherence and protein powder offers a convenient way to ensure you’re meeting your daily protein goals to stay on track. While choosing natural whole foods is always going to be essential for progressing towards and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it can often become difficult to cook and prepare protein sources such as chicken, beef, beans or lentils when you’re on the go, trying to keep up with a fast paced life. Protein powders give you the convenience and ease of hitting your protein goals no matter what life throws at you. They are excellent for post workout recovery as well as throughout the day snacks to tie you over between main meals, and to top it off they are very cost effective. There are plenty of great tasting options out there now, for all dietary requirements. From the crowd favorite whey protein to the newly popular rice and pea protein blends, picking a high-quality protein powder is easier than ever – until you have to decide on a flavour… that’s the hard part!
Coming up second on the list is one of the most misunderstood and stereotyped supplements, despite the array of proven benefits it has to offer. That supplement is creatine, and it is the most researched supplement on the market. It plays a key role in the body as a precursor to the production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), which is the body’s main energy source. ATP is responsible for short; sharp bursts of energy, resulting in more power output and increased force production, leading to a higher number of repetitions and increased anaerobic capacity when training. Creatine is simple to take and is best taken post workout, mixed into that recovery protein shake. A simple monohydrate has been proven to be the most effective in terms of results as well as the most cost effective per serve, however there are plenty of alternative creatine options for those looking to find something that works best for their body.
BCAA’s are a fantastic supplement for a wide variety of athletes. Branched-Chain Amino Acids are the three Amino Acids: Leucine, Iso-leucine and Valine, which together make up around a third of muscle protein. Leucine is the most important of these three as it is responsible for muscle protein synthesis in the body. BCAA’s can assist preventing the breakdown of muscle and loss of Amino Acids during exercise, helping to reduce muscle fatigue and increasing muscle recovery after training. A lot of BCAA supplements will also often include L-Glutamine and electrolytes as part of the supplement blend, further assisting in recovery and ensuring you remain hydrated during your training sessions. Recovery is so important when it comes to your health and fitness goals, it will not only mean you can perform at your optimal level but it will be a great mental benefit to feel fresh and rejuvenated for each and every workout. Feeling rested and ready to go will make you more likely to stick to your plans and stay on track for the long haul. Another small benefit of BCAA’s is that they can and give you a mental break when those sweet craving start to set in. BCAA’s often taste great and can really help to relieve cravings throughout the day as they can easily substitute unhealthy food or drink choices.
These 3 sports supplements are the basics and will lay a solid foundation to kick off your health and fitness goals for 2017. Getting on track and staying motivated is tough but with the right mindset, recovery and tools to help you push through, changing your life for the better will become second nature in time. So set those goals, have a plan, stay consistent and create good habits that will change in your life in 2017!
Author Glen George from our Blackburn Store.