Summer is here! The long, warm days are inviting us to get outside and get active. Now is the time to kick your fitness regimen into high gear whether you are an experienced athlete or a weekend warrior. And here are five nutrition tips to support you every step of the way. Put on your tennis shoes and get ready for a healthy, fit, and active summer!
1. Optimize Your Workout by Staying Hydrated
Did you know that 46% of exercisers are likely to go to the gym dehydrated? This is according to a study published in 2006 in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Dehydration reduces aerobic endurance and can result in increased body temperature, increased heart rate, disorientation, and even physical collapse.
Whether you are going for a long bike ride or are simply gardening for the day, the best way to stay hydrated this summer is to drink Shaklee Performance®.
Shaklee exclusive OPTI-LYTE ™ formula contains carbohydrates for endurance and electrolytes for quick hydration.
Eating a large meal prior to a workout may leave you feeling sluggish or with cramps because your muscles and digestive system are competing for energy sources. On the other hand, not eating can cause low blood sugar levels leaving you feeling weak or faint.
For optimal performance, try a Shaklee 180™ Snack Bar or Meal-in-a-Bar one to two hours prior to your workout. The nutrients are rapidly absorbed and Shaklee 180 ™ Bars are powered by Leucine™ to help preserve muscle.
Have you ever strayed from an exercise regimen because you didn’t recover quickly enough from a workout? Most of us have. But you can enhance recovery by replenishing your body with protein and carbohydrates immediately after a workout to replenish glycogen stores that are depleted during exercise.
Stick to your exercise regimen by drinking Shaklee Physique® immediately after your workout. Physique contains Bio-Build® to give you the nutrients you need to rapidly recover and repair muscle tissue.
Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothees are also a perfect post-workout option. They’re a great source of protein (important for muscle building) and a delicious and convenient way to help you lose the right kind of weight. They’re also a good source of fiber, helping to keep you feeling full longer
4. Keep your Joints Healthy
Getting that last mile in, struggling for that last weight-lifting rep, or playing that extra set of tennis can be tough on joints. Joints, the junction where one bone meets the other, are protected by cartilage, a resilient shock absorber. Joint health can be affected by many factors, including exercise and simple day-to-day activities.
Help put the spring back in your step with Advanced Joint Health Complex. Advanced Joint Health Complex* contains glucosamine, a key building block for larger molecules such as proteoglycans, which give cartilage elasticity, strength and resiliency. And when you overdo a workout this summer, try rubbing Shaklee’s Joint and Muscle Pain Cream into the affected area to provide temporary relief for occasional joint and muscle pain.
Athletes need to make sure that their bodies are in top form and that means getting important vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients every single day. For example, antioxidants are critical to prevent free radical damage caused by increased oxygen utilization during exercise and the B vitamins convert the food you eat into fuel for working muscles.
Shaklee Vitalizer™ is the perfect supplement for daily nutritional support. Vitalizer contain more than 20 antioxidant compounds and essential vitamins in it’s comprehensive approach to health, wellness, and vitality.
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