Pre-workout supplement, post-workout supplement, protein powders, creatine, potassium, magnesium, amino acids, BCAAs…the list goes on and on.
Are all, or even any, of these workout supplements necessary?
Just like there are varying levels of fitness, there are also varying levels of commitment to fitness.
From applying any additional time spent researching, to purchasing equipment that may be necessary, to the cost of any memberships and/or supplements, etc.
Workout Supplements Are A Must!!!
Some workout enthusiasts are of the belief that if you are going to workout then you HAVE to get your highest return, so you HAVE to use supplements.
What’s the point if you aren’t going all out, right?!
So these are the people that start off with a caffeine filled pre-workout supplement of some sort on their way out the door.
Then they follow that up with a protein drink before the workout begins.
During the workout there is sometimes an amino acid concoction being sipped on throughout the workout.
And then the post-workout drink comes.
Followed by another protein drink, or meal, of course.
It’s a constant intake of something or another…kind of wears you out if you aren’t completely committed to the whole supplement mindset.
No Need For Workout Supplements
I am just going out for my daily run with my dog.
I’m getting my morning 3 mile hike in.
Doing my routine yoga hour.
I have never used workout supplements before, I’m not going to start now.
There are those people who have worked out in some capacity for years and have never used a workout supplement before and have no desire to.
They don’t feel any need for them.
They are doing just fine with their personal gains, their fitness goals.
Or, maybe they had tried a workout supplement in the past and had an unpleasant experience.
That could have been the deciding factor for them.
Or…just the lack of knowledge about supplements may be why someone doesn’t partake in their use.
Another reason a person may not use workout supplements is per the advise of their healthcare provider.
Protein powder is probably the most widely used workout supplement out there.
One, because it can be used as a calorie filler for the Average Joe (or Joan)…who may NOT even workout…what??!!
By that I mean, if you are in a hurry and you need to get something in your belly you can mix up a protein drink real quick and take it on the go.
For the more fitness nuts…protein powder is used as a filler quite often, as it would be pretty difficult to eat enough protein through food alone to get some of the desired results some of these guys and girls are working towards.
If you do your research and stick to the reputable brands of protein powders out there, you can keep your calories and sugars down, while getting a great dose of protein per serving.
All of that while not having to break the bank! Nice;)
Water… It Does A Body Good!
No matter what the fitness level.
No matter what the commitment level.
No matter what the knowledge base.
One thing that EVERYONE must have is WATER
Without sufficient water the body really suffers.
It shows in the skin’s appearance, in your physical performance, in how you feel physically, in how your brain functions.
Most people don’t consume enough water daily.
If you wait until you’re thirsty to drink…you’re already dehydrated!
It is recommended that you drink 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water per day, depending on your activity level and where you live.
So more if you’re active, and more if you live in a hot, humid climate; more if you live in a high elevation location.
Do you want a buzz during your workout?
Do you want a better pump?
How about just enjoying your hike through the woods with your dog?
Lots to consider huh?!!
Are workout supplements a must…?
It all depends on who you talk to, and what you’re trying to achieve.
But even further than that is how much, if any, do you want to spend on your fitness results?
One thing you cannot leave home without…so I say it is an absolute MUST…YOUR BOTTLE OF WATER 😉
Please leave any questions or comments you may have down below and I’ll get back to you:)
Thanks for reading!