If this is something you are questioning, then you have come to the right place! In this article we will be giving you our professional advice on what you should be taking to help your performance in the gym and with your health and fitness goals.
We would really recommend you start taking some kind of fish oil tablet if you are doing a lot of exercise, whether in the gym or you just want to lead or ore active lifestyle. Why you ask? Well, by taking fish oil tablets on a daily basis, you will not only be improving your heart health and lowering your cholesterol levels, it will also help to keep your joints well lubricated. Doing all that work to keep you healthier and improve your muscle tone, especially if you train in the gym using heavy weights, the fish oil will help your joints move smoother and therefore help to prevent injury.
This is probably the one you know about already but making sure you are taking in enough protein is very important, especially if you are leading an active lifestyle. You should aim to have approx 2grams of protein per KG of body weight. So, if you weigh 55kg, you should be having around 110grams of protein per day. There are so many ways you can get extra protein in your diet these days, from protein powders, or just by eating lean meats like chicken and turkey.
EAA’s, otherwise known as – Essential Amino Acids are a combination of nine different essential amino acids, which the body is not able to produce on its own and need to be taken in from either food or supplementation. They include leucine, isoleucine, valine, histidine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, and tryptophan. These essential amino acids are the building blocks for protein and are crucial in the growth of your muscles and the prevention of muscle catabolism as well as your mental health. Most types of meat, fish, eggs and certain plant sources like quinoa and chia seeds are all considered to be complete proteins because they contain all of the nine essential amino acids your body needs. The supplements are usually sold in pill or powder form and can be found in most health stores these days. Like most dietary supplements, the powder form is generally the cheaper option.
A high strength vitamin c (approx 1000mg) is a good supplement to take on a daily basis. Your body will be under more stress the more active you are which can put your immune system under more stress than it’s use to so by taking something like a vitamin c tablet will ensure your immune system has the best chance possible of staying healthy and protected.
Yep, the good old multi vitamin is the last thing on our last of supplements we suggest you should be taking, with the main reason being they are a good all rounder to make sure you are getting in the essential vitamins your body needs. By being so active, your body will be put under a lot more stress so something like a multi vitamin will help to make sure nothing is being left out.
And that’s it! Unless you’re a professional athlete training 6 plus hours a day, you really don’t need to take anything else. Don’t spend you hard earned money on supplements you really don’t need to be taking. Stick to the basics and you’ll do fine!
We hope you found this article helpful but if you have any questions, please do get in touch.
The Fitness Focus Team
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