Did you know that almost two-thirds of the adult population in England – 27.9 million people – are now meeting the guidelines of 150 minutes of weekly activity?
Fitness seems to be all the rage these days. Whether you want to look better or be healthier, exercise is the way to go. Sure enough, good will, motivation, and persistence are the key factors for a successful workout.
However, if you want to make sure to optimise your performance and preserve the health of your muscles and joints, you might need a little extra push. Read on to learn about foods, habits, and supplements for stellar athletic performance, and long-lasting sports abilities.
What happens in your body when you exercise?
A number of biochemical reactions occur in our body when we work out. A lot of them are beneficial to our health, such as increased production of endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals, or increased metabolic rate.
On the other hand, there can be some that are not as beneficial, for example lactic acid production in our muscles. Although lactic acid is quite common, intense exercise leads to lactic acid build-up and is responsible for painful, sore muscles, twitches and cramps.
In order to prevent this, make sure to stretch thoroughly after every exercise session or get a post-workout massage.
Athletic performance supplements: Oh Mg
It is also important to take enough magnesium in your diet because it lowers lactate levels in your blood. You can find it in green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. However, magnesium deficiency is surprisingly frequent, either due to inadequate dietary intake or loss of magnesium from the body.
According to studies, during exercise, you may need 10–20% more magnesium than when you’re resting, depending on the activity. Therefore, in addition to what you get from food, it is advisable that you take magnesium supplements.
Goodwill Pharma’s Magnewill Rapid is a great choice which provides the optimal addition of 375g of magnesium to your daily diet. It includes three magnesium salts, one of which is magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate is absorbed well by the body and has high solubility in water, meaning it mixes well with liquid. It can improve exercise performance, by increasing overall strength and power.
Additional risks: It’s a joint effort
Other risks that can arise from intense exercise, especially in professional athletes, are joint pain, cartilage damage, and, in the long run, even osteoarthritis, and the common culprit is the lack of collagen. This is a protein our body makes naturally and it helps to maintain the integrity of our cartilage. However, its amount decreases as we get older. Studies have shown that taking collagen supplements may help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis, prevent joint injuries and reduce pain.
Goodwill Pharma is especially proud of its Cartinorm+BIOcollagen, which is a carefully chosen complex of all the right ingredients you are looking for in a collagen supplement. The star of the show is FORTIGEL, a newly-developed substance which reduces joint discomfort, improves joint mobility, and even promotes the development of new cartilage by stimulating the cells. If you want to find out more interesting details about this, read our previous blog on FORTIGEL collagen.
Train smarter, not harder
So, you’ve decided to change your life for the better by taking regular exercise, adopting a healthy diet and becoming generally fitter, or you are already an athlete undergoing daily intense training. In addition to being persistent and working hard, you should also pay attention to the signs your body gives you.
There are ways to optimise your athletic performance and prevent any pain and injuries, as well as preserve your health. You can help your muscles and joints endure more and recover faster by taking the right amount of the right supplements. We encourage you to learn more and keep informed by reading our blog.