Although you might swallow a multi-vitamin a day religiously, or boost up with a Berocca, what are the vitamins you take actually doing for you, and how can supplements improve your performance during personal training sessions?
A first word on supplements is that the key is in the name; they are there to supplement your diet, as a complement or addition, not as a replacement. Vitamins are often most beneficial when found in their natural state, so make sure you keep your healthy eating on track with a wide range of fruits, vegetables, meat and fish or pulses.
To start at the beginning of the alphabet, Vitamin B can be highly beneficial for exercise. B Vitamins include B6, B12, riboflavin and more. B Vitamins, especially B12, boost the metabolism and increase energy, as well as helping maintain muscle tone. They also help support the immune system to ensure you stay healthy year round.
As most people know, Vitamin D is best found in sunlight on the skin, which is why so many of us feel a bit down in winter! It can also be found in small amounts in foods such as oily fish. Vitamin D is important to build and maintain strong bones, as well as teeth. Exercise is thought to be beneficial for absorption as well, so a workout in the sun with your personal trainer is ideal way to power up. Just remember the sun cream as well.
Vitamin E and Iron are great co-workers when it comes to exercise. Iron is an essential vitamin for most people, especially those who exercise frequently, so is ideal for personal trainers. Vitamin E is acts as an antioxidant, great for fighting any free radicals released through exercise. Together with iron, it helps maintain the oxygen levels in our blood, helping us stay energized and ready to go.