This blog is my way of getting re-involved with one of my personal passions in life...living a healthy lifestyle and helping others realize they can do it too.
If I can provide inspiration, motivation or information on your journey to being a healthier you, I'm stoked :)
Ha! Strongaly must have some great followers to have this type of random question :)
I think that strongaly has a great mindset and approach to healthy eating, consistent exercise, and overall quality mental health. She has proven to herself (and many others) that hard work does pay off.
She is also polite, but has a potential “kick your ass if you get out of line” streak in her and that’s always a good thing ;)
If you aren’t following her blog, maybe you should start…
There are things out there that are effective, but I personally prefer to keep things pretty natural when it comes to what I put in my body.
There was a time I was taking a pre-workout drink to get the blood flowing a little quicker, to help with my pump, and to increase my rep range depending on what I was working on that day though it is not something I consistently take because I tend to train more along a cross fit-style workout. If I were to take a pre-workout drink on those days it would usually put my heart rate way above where I want it to be after only the first round which causes me to have to back it off for a few minutes so I can continue safely. If I am focusing on going heavy and have a smaller rep range for the day is when I generally prefer to take something to help me push out a couple more reps than I previously might have. I will emphasize the might have in that previous statement because I did some tests over the course of a few months and found that when I ate half an apple about 20 minutes before working out that the sugars from the fruit did nearly the exact same thing that any pre-workout drink did for me. Of course everyone is different and should expect different results so I cannot say you would experience the same thing, but I know that I prefer to use natural foods much more than supplements 9 out of 10 times.
If you do choose to take a pre-workout you should always do your research on the company making the product and understand what is inside it. One brand that I have always trusted is, Optimum Nutrition. They have a long-standing reputation of making clean, quality products whether you are talking about your protein shakes, multi-vitamin, pre- or post-workout, and even meal replacement shakes.
The fat burning pills are definitely something I have never used so I cannot speak too much about them besides saying I think you can do much better. The sole purpose is to help you increase your metabolic rate so you burn more calories. Most of the manufacturers of the pills aren’t really all that worried about doing that in a healthy way so the ingredients leave something to be desired. If you want to increase your metabolism, eat your meals/snacks more consistently throughout the day. Train your body to expect meals at regular intervals so it never needs to consider saving any calories for a period during which you plan to “starve” it. The fat burning pills are generally used as a quick fix which never leads to lasting results. Take your time to teach your body how to treat itself and use what you put in it properly and your results will be much more long lasting.