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Best Supplements To Take After A Run – Sporty’s Health

Posted on February 26, 2013

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Here at Sporty’s Health, Gold Coast, we find many long-distance runners aren't sure if they would benefit from introducing a protein powder or other sports supplement into their regime to help improve performance. Given that running is an aerobic activity, a runner must condition their bodies in order to improve oxygen transport from the lungs to the muscles, which ultimately boosts performance. Unlike a bodybuilder, who often uses protein shakes and amino acid formulations to assist with muscle adaptation, runners do not necessarily need the same nutritional support, given the large variation in the types of training that they perform, and the different results that they wish to achieve. Of course, any outcome much be targeted over time with proper training, exercise technique and a quality diet. Runners can aid the body with post-run recovery, as well as lower post-workout muscle soreness, by ensuring they eat within an hour after every training session. If for some reason food is not available, then drinking a light protein shake, containing some carbohydrate, or recovery shake is a great substitute.

The following is a list of supplements that may assist with the recovery and adaptation process. However, it is important to remember that a high quality diet, containing a variety of wholesome foods, is the best option for the athlete or exercise enthusiast:

  • Anti-oxidant supplements, like selenium, can aid in quenching the free-radicals generated during endurance exercise.
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate are substances found naturally in cartilage and may assist in the regeneration of soft tissues, like the catilage found in the knee.
  • Iron supports the circulation of oxygen in the body and is especially important for female runners.
  • If you run for more than an hour, consuming endurance gels and electrolyte drinks with added essential amino acids during your run will help your body to produce energy, replace salts that are lost through sweat, and minimise muscle catabolism.

It is important to consult with your doctor before taking any vitamin, protein powder or creatine supplement. For more information about discount vitamin & body building supplements on the Gold Coast contact Sporty’s Health food stores on 07 55316734.

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