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Making Your Workout Do More

September 12, 2015

There are several reasons that people find their workouts to be a challenge. Carrying extra weight certainly has an emotional and physical effect. Those who maintain their weight can still feel a little lethargic, especially since a little “eating cheating” is easier to indulge in if you know your weight seems well managed. This means that people in both categories can actually benefit from some of the same boosts.

 

For keeping weight off, you want to make sure you do use detoxes and cleanses to rid the body of the toxins ingested, especially if you have had a cheat day! Use the energy tips later in the article to boost metabolism. As a part of your routine, remember that citrus has been found to help break down foods as they are released in the natural metabolic process, so using a tea with some citrus in it and even adding lemon instead of sugar can be a great help. Also, you can get extra help from drinking smoothies that include some yogurt for the probiotics and B vitamins plus you can enhance your health by adding valerian and fresh berries to your yogurt smoothie. Combined with the detoxifying effects of other herbs and vitamins you’ll be getting an energy-enhancing probiotic knockout punch!

 

Keep anxiety levels low and getting sleep is critical. You can combat both anxiety and insomnia by using herbal remedies such a valerian and lavender and using general remedies such as chamomile and bergamot. Valerian is a little harder to use due to the strong smell and taste, but it can be ingested as a capsule, added to a tea, or blended into a great smoothie recipe. Chamomile and bergamot are have great flavors and are available in a variety of tea blends including Earl Grey and Chamomile cleaning teas.

 

Right before a workout, you may need to boost metabolism and provide energy for the workout itself and to sustain aerobic output longer. For energy, B vitamins and herbals such as guarana are good. Caffeine can help too, but is best used in smaller quantities such as in a black tea or smoothie with low caffeine.

 

B12 is even absorbs under the tongue and through tissues in the mouth, so have a chilled herbal tea or drink right before a workout can help, especially if you make sure to hold the ingredients in your mouth for a few extra moments. Make sure you stay hydrated before, during and after your workout as well. Dehydration is an energy killer and a sure way to rebuild toxins that you’ve worked to get rid of. Use water as well as workout drinks or tea that add potassium to avoid dehydration. B12 is believed to improve clear thinking which will help you focus on what you need for that day’s exercise. B12 has a role in fatty acid metabolism to aid weight loss and offers a fast energy boost. Anemia adds to the lethargy some people feel and the B12 is essential for making red blood cells and avoiding anemia.

 

Altogether, then, to make your workout do more, focus on:

  1. Make sure to do regular cleansing and detoxing, especially if you haven’t been eating as healthy as you should.
  2. Improve metabolism and energy with hydration, B12, and small amounts of energy boosters such as caffeine (less preferable) or guarana and similar herbal supplements.
  3. Eat a healthy diet including yogurt, B vitamins, and potassium.
  4. Avoid insomnia and anxiety by using chamomile, bergamot, lavender, and valerian.