Creating Routine: A Secret Benefit of Supplements
Supple – Mints?: Mints who’ve been doing their stretches and mobility work
Sup – Le – Mints: something that completes or enhances something else when added to it
Supplements are a hot topic in the health industry.
“global dietary supplements market valued at USD 132.8 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 220.3 billion in 2022” Read more on that here
Before purchasing supplements it’s important to understand their purpose. Remember that there is (unfortunately) no secret pill to fix diet, sleep, or muscle gaining goals.
What supplements can do is help push you in the right direction. They still require you to do the work and to make the necessary lifestyle/behaviour changes in order to become a healthier version of yourself.
The SECRET benefit I’ve seen and experienced from using supplements is creating routine.
Having a routine surrounding your workouts and your health goals is a great tool in promoting consistency.
BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids)
BCAAs are being talked about a lot recently. There’s some research showing that if you’re eating enough protein throughout the day, you don’t NEED to supplement your diet with BCAAs. (protein is made up of amino acids)
That being said, I’ve used BCAAs for most of my career in the gym. I love them. Even if the physiological benefits I’m getting from them are minuscule they’ve also helped me develop a pre-workout routine. Once I start my pre-workout routine I start getting ready mentally (kind of getting your head in the game). Which, in my opinion, is beneficial. Plus, you have tasty water with you throughout your workout, so it’s also influencing you to drink more water in general.
Protein powder is not ONLY an after-the-gym-special. The real benefit to adding protein to your daily routine is to increase your overall protein intake. Protein throughout the day helps keep you full and provides your muscles with the tools necessary to get and stay stronger. You can just as well eat a meal after your workout and have a protein shake in the morning. Whatever works for you and your schedule!
Multivitamins or fish oils
Adding these to your morning routine creates a sense of accomplishment to start your day. Starting the day feeling like you’re on the right track is a huge benefit and creates momentum. We know from my previous blog that momentum is important! (Momentum fuels Momentum)
Things to do before buying supplements
Be informed: Spend some time reading about the supplements you want to buy. Not just the company that you’re buying from but the product and ingredients themselves.
Work on developing a solid health base underneath you. The majority of your health is going to come from eating better foods, being more physically active (exercising/moving more in general outside of exercise), and sleeping well.
Financially, spend more on whole foods than you do on supplements.
Where to get supplement information?
Examine is a non-biased research review website that answers not only questions on supplements but also questions like:
How important is sleep?
Are eggs healthy?
Is diet soda bad for you?
Locally [Halifax] at Health Nutz
I’ve had some great conversations with Peter at Health Nutz, he’s passionate and knowledgable on the topic. Head in, get curious, and ask questions!
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