The Truth About Supplements

By Molly Galbraith

Are you ready to hear the truth about supplements? Good.  because we've got it.

The truth is... supplements are just that.  A supplement to sound nutrition and training. When you combine proper supplementation with a good nutrition and training program, the results can be quite powerful.

So what should you do to ensure that your results are optimal?

1. Eat good food.

Without a sound nutrition program, supplements are pointless.  It's like worrying about the color your roof, when your house has no foundation or walls.  Seems silly, right?

Check out this article about basic nutrition, and this one with nutrition strategies for all experience levels.

2. Lift heavy things.

This one is a no-brainer. We all know that progressive resistance training is the way to go when it comes to making changes to your body and shape. You should be squatting, deadlifting, pushing, pulling, and incorporating single-leg and core training as well. If you're not sure what to do, check out Alli's awesome article about designing your own program here. Shoot for 2-4 days a week.

3. Get enough sleep.

For a lot of us, this is probably the hardest thing to do. We all stay insanely busy, and prioritizing sleep is difficult. It's best to shoot for 7-9 hours a night if possible. And make sure that you're in bed around the same time every night, and try to make it before midnight. Got it?

4. Move often.

Beyond just lifting heavy things, it's also important to simply move often.  Whether that's hiking, biking, swimming, or yoga, moving your body in a variety of ways is a very good thing, and it will keep you healthy and happy.

5. Manage your stress.

This is probably the most underrated aspect of achieving good performance and aesthetic results.

Your body doesn't know the difference between fighting with your spouse, doing a 90-minute spin class, and being held at gunpoint. stress is stress, and many of us stay so stressed out all the time, that our bodies think we are constantly being held at gunpoint, 20 hours a day!

No wonder we stay exhausted.

And because our body's number one concern is survival, it won't prioritize things like digestion and repair when it's over-stressed or thinks that it's in danger.  So learn to manage your stress. Take walks for leisure. Meditate. Watch a sunset.  Get a massage.  Learn to manage your stress with restorative activities, not with more stress (over-exercise, alcohol consumption, etc.)

So, the truth about supplements is this: If you make sure that you eat well, exercise intelligently, get enough sleep, and manage your stress, supplements can be extremely beneficial in helping you reach your goals, whether they are health, performance, or physique related.

Read more about supplements in these two articles:

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About the author:  Molly Galbraith

Molly Galbraith, CSCS is co-founder and woman-in-charge at Girls Gone Strong, a global movement of 800,000+ folks passionate about women’s health, fitness, and empowerment. She’s also the creator of the The Girls Gone Strong Academy, home of the world’s top certifications for health and fitness pros who want to become a Certified Pre-& Postnatal Coach or a Certified Women’s Coaching Specialist.   The GGS Academy is revolutionizing women’s health and fitness by tackling critical (and often overlooked) topics like body image struggles, disordered eating, menopause, amenorrhea and menstrual cycle struggles, PCOS, endometriosis, osteoporosis, pre- and postnatal exercise, incontinence, diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse, postpartum recovery, and much more.   Learn more about Molly on her website and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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