The lowdown on training with nutritional supplements

Whatever you’re into, whether it’s weightlifting, bodybuilding, athletics of whatever sort or just plain keeping fit, there’s a huge, huge and often pretty bewildering range of sports supplements out there that will complement your training routine. But which ones do you really need? From instant whey proteins to amino acids, nitric oxide (Jack3d being a good example of a popular one) there’s loads of stuff out there. If you want to get a good overview about the essentials, then read on…

Find yourself a nutritionist
Because it can be a bit daunting, many people who want to get serious about their fitness regime – it’s not essential that you do, but can be a bit of a minefield for a newbie.

Protein Powders
Found in food like meat, fish, dairy, and soy, pulse and vegetable products, protein is essential for building muscle. The three principal types used in supplements are:

• Whey
• Casein
• Soy

Found in milk, whey protein is arguably the best and most popular of this trio of proteins, because it’s fast-absorbing has the highest value of providing branched-chain amino acids. In this way, instant whey helps build and maintain muscle mass. And not only this, but whey is also an antioxidant, helping to jack the body’s immune system, helping in the fight against regime-ruining illnesses.

There are three principle types of shake you can get:

• Low carb, low-calorie, low fat: perfect for weight loss while maintaining muscle mass
• High protein, high calorie, low fat: perfect for muscle gain
• Medium carbs, medium calories: perfect for a quick and easy meal replacement

Amino Acid Supplements
The essential building blocks of protein (the stuff your muscles are made of), amino acid supplements provide the combination of essential amino acids the body requires to grow and repair itself – and ones that the body simply doesn’t produce itself, and must therefore get from food sources – or supplements. Found in protein-rich sources such as meat, fish, dairy, soy, vegetable, pulse and grain products, athletes also commonly complement their intake with supplements.

Nitric Oxide
Necessary for intercellular communication, nitric oxide is made by the body and is required for all physiological processes that take place inside the human body, enhancing blood flow to the furthest corners of the body. This is therefore a really important supplement for those who want to build muscle.

It’s entirely possible to overdose with NO2 and common side effects can include (but are by no means limited to) weakness, diarrhoea and nausea. You find out your optimum level by “tolerance mapping”, whereby you take a small dosage for one week, recording the associated benefits and side effects, and continue raising the dosage over a number of weeks until the optimum level is reached – which, if course, will have you seeing the most benefits with the least amount of side effects.

More and Better Ways to Bet on Sports

This is the greatest time of the year to bet on sports as baseball’s World Series is in full swing while the National Football League, National Hockey League, and college football are all in the thick of their seasons. Beyond that newer opportunities abound in Mixed Martial Arts, Golf, Tennis, Boxing, and Horse Racing’s Breeders Cup yet to come. With that in mind it is important to consider the exciting times in sports gambling.

Pro football is far and away the most popular of all major sports with the wagering community and the first month and a half of the season is a classic reminder of why the NFL is the king of kings for those who bet on sports.

Old standby teams such as the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, and Green Bay Packers continue to crank out profits for gamblers but a new crop of surprise teams is offering outstanding board value. The San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, and Buffalo Bills have shown why NFL football is a favorite for handicappers who bet on sports because of the total unpredictability of the league which makes for the ultimate challenge.

The Bengals success has caught nearly everyone by surprise as their long time starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, refused to report to camp and has since been sent to Oakland. Meanwhile rookie Andy Dalton, who was a record setting quarterback in college at TCU, has taken command of the offense and breathed new life and enthusiasm into the team. The Bengals were overlooked by most everyone that likes to make sports wagers and this gave them better than expected board value as Cincinnati got the money in 5 of their first 6 games.

Oakland meanwhile has rallied the cause of dedicating their season to the memory of their leader, Al Davis, who died in October at the age of 82. While Davis certainly hung on too long there is no doubt about the respect he commanded with fellow NFL owners and longtime veteran handicappers who bet on sports during the 30 year period in which Davis was the greatest leader in sports with the winningest franchise in professional athletics. Oakland lost just 1 of their first 6 games against the spread and won their first 2 games that followed Davis’ death.

All in all, the possibilities for everyone that likes to wager on sports are greater than ever before.

Fall is a good time to get fit

Many of us fall into the same patterns. With summer on the horizon, we start working out in May with the hope we will look good in our swimsuits. Late in the year, the holidays come around, you eat too much at all the parties, and then you wake up on January 2nd looking and feeling bad again.

It’s time to break that cycle. This year, try to be proactive by committing to working out and eating right during the fall and into the holidays. The gyms will be less crowded, and it’s a great time to develop good habits that will stay with you through the year.

Think about starting some new exercises. If you haven’t been doing weight training, then maybe this is a good time to start.

Also, if you’re going to try something like more weight training, then take a look at protein powder and creatine. These are important supplements if you’re serious about building muscle, but keep in mind that overall nutrition and eating habits are equally important. These items should supplement your diet. Do your research and consult your doctor or a nutritionist, but things like whey protein are very popular with people looking to get in shape and look fit.

It’s also a great time to focus on cardio. Many people lose sight of this as the weather gets bad. They stay inside and get less exercise. Now is the time to be consistent and get your cardio in the gym. Find out what works best for you – the bike, treadmill or other machines.

Good luck, and you’ll feel better after those holiday dinners!

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