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Dietary supplements aren’t something to use only when they have health issues. Most people who use them are healthy, and supplements help them stay that way.
A common misconception about supplements is that they are weaker versions of prescription drugs that treat disease. But trying to prevent and treat serious illnesses are not the main reasons take supplements, according to the National Institute of Health.
In a report on supplement users published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine,” NIH researchers found that 45 percent of respondents took supplements for improving health, and 33 percent used them for maintaining health
Critics of the supplement industry often claim that consumers use dietary supplements as a magic fix for unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Quite the opposite. The NIH study found supplement users are more likely than nonusers to exercise, drink less alcohol, have a healthier body weight and smoke less. To them, supplements are a key part to a healthy lifestyle, not compensation for sitting on the couch eating Doritos.
Those who take specialty sports supplements, like pre-workout products and protein powders, are a little different. Health is important to them, of course, but their goals are more ambitious. They want improved athletic performance, a great physique, a sharper mind and greater energy. They want to take life by the throat, and make it theirs.
Maintaining health is important, but kicking some tail and taking names is even better. People who adopt the fitness/bodybuilding lifestyle want more out of life. Shouldn’t that be a common goal for us all?
If the “pursuit of happiness” doesn’t include the freedom to take sports supplements to help you achieve your dreams, then that phrase has no meaning. So be well, be amazing. Start this month into the new year of 2014. That great life you want and deserve is there for the taking.
Here are my top three pieces of fitness advice to kick off 2014 resolution season:
• For fitness, cross-train regularly with both strength training and cardio. It keeps your body guessing and you will be less likely to hit a plateau.
• Make exercise a priority. Make it an appointment you cannot miss just like the doctor or dentist.
• Start now. Tomorrow never gets here, so if you want to create that new life for yourself, today is the day to get going.
Always eat a breakfast that’s high protein to regulate your blood sugar and keep your hunger under control.
Avoid sugar as much as possible. It provides no nutrients and will only send you on an energy roller-coaster ride, i.e candy canes.
Create a plan that you can follow. If you don’t have a plan, you won’t see success. It’s that simple.
Beau Arney is the owner of Mass Appeal Personal Performance Training, a personal training/fitness program design business in Carrollton. Questions or to request for training or program design, contact Beau at (502) 645-9560 or via Facebook at Mappt Beau Arney.