With the Two Ocean’s Marathon around the corner, you’ve probably been training day after day, focusing on getting your body in it’s best shape. But your body can’t perform at its optimum if it’s not getting the nutrients and vitamins it needs to recover and rebuild.
If you’re serious about your health, chances are you’ve looked into using supplements to help your body get these necessary nutrients. You’ve read articles on why it works, why it doesn’t and everything in between.
Supplements have been linked to aiding your body in its tissue maintenance and repair (something every athlete needs to take seriously), increasing your antioxidant intake and decreasing your risk of infection. With so many options to choose from and so many brands on the shelf, it can be overwhelming to know what it going to work for you and who to trust.
Here are the most important supplements you’ll need to help you on race day as well as the essentials to keep in mind before making your purchase.
Supplements to help you during your Two Ocean’s race:
- Protein: your body goes under a lot of stress when you’re competing in something like the Two Ocean’s Marathon. The training leading up to race day and the race itself all take a toll on your body. You need protein to help your body maintain and repair muscle and tissue damage. It’s also been known to help you recover faster, allowing you to compete sooner than if you went without it.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids: fish oils have been known to help your stiffness and pain after an intense training session. They help with inflammation, speeding up the recovery process so that you can continue working towards your personal best.
- Magnesium: magnesium can work wonders for your body’s biological process and there is a good chance that, as an athlete, your body doesn’t have enough. Magnesium helps to regulate your heart, encourages natural contraction and relaxation of the muscles and reduces blood pressure. If you want to help your body achieve more, magnesium supplements can help encourage a more efficient use of your body’s energy.
- Beta-alanine: running long distances results in fatigue for most people, this is unavoidable. But you can help your body recover from fatigue more quickly by considering supplements like beta-alanine. Beta-alanine buffers hydrogen ions which lead to fatigue, delaying your body’s response to tiredness and giving you the opportunity to do more.
- Vitamin C: nobody wants to train for months on end to wake up sick on race day. Your body will be under a lot of strain during your training sessions so it’s important that you keep your immune system strong. Vitamin C can be taken after workouts to help your body stay healthy.
What to keep in mind when choosing your supplements:
- Supplements are not replacements for a healthy diet. No amount of pills and powders can substitute a good, well balanced meal. You need to be sure that you’re eating plan is sufficient to take you through race day.
- Don’t trust every brand. There are so many options available to you as the consumer that often it’s easier to choose the cheapest version. Supplements need to be of a high quality if you hope to get anything out of them. Look at the vitamins and supplements on GNC’s site to get an idea of a good quality brand.