Supplement Spotlight: Focus on Fitness

Written by on March 24, 2014 in Health & Fitness, products, Supplement Spotlight with 1 Comment

Fitness isn’t something that you can achieve and be done with — it’s something to maintain throughout your life.

Supplement Spotlight - Focus on Fitness 2And every time you decide to work out during your lunch hour, or even take the stairs instead of the elevator, you’re increasing your overall fitness.

There’s always room for improvement, and certain supplements can help make a difference in the long term.

Start Smart

If you’re taking the first steps from couch potato to gym rat, you might want to try some vitamin C.

A study has shown that this antioxidant has a beneficial effect on muscle soreness and muscle function for people who are unaccustomed to exercise.

So if you’re looking for a little extra advantage when beginning a new exercise routine, try USANA’s Proflavanol® C100, which provides 600 mg of our own proprietary Poly C® vitamin C blend per serving.

The Benefits of Vitamin D

You probably already know and love many benefits of vitamin D, but have you tried it before your workouts?

USANA supported a recent study by The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) about how vitamin D affects recovery after exercise. The study showed that taking vitamin D before your workout can decrease skeletal muscular fatigue from intense exercise.

This faster recovery means you can get out there for your next workout feeling refreshed and ready to challenge yourself again.

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Be Kind to Your Joints

You won’t get very far in your morning jog if your joints start troubling you. That’s why you should check out Procosa®, USANA’s supplement for joint health.

Procosa contains glucosamine, which helps maintain healthy cartilage and healthy joints.* Curcumin is another natural substance often praised for its joint-supporting abilities.

Procosa’s Meriva®† bioavailable curcumin complex has been clinically shown to have better bioavailability than standard curcumin products.

Supplement Spotlight - Focus on Fitness

Rev It Up

To be honest, you probably don’t need any extra reasons to drink Rev3 Energy®. It’s delicious, refreshing, and best of all it keeps you awake. But Rev3 also has some additional benefits for anyone looking to get fit.

Rev3 - Focus on FitnessRev3 contains caffeine, which is not only great for keeping us alert and energized, but can also help athletes train longer and harder. And contrary to the popular myth, a typical amount of caffeine doesn’t cause dehydration, so feel free to grab a Rev3 before you start your workout.

Rev3 Energy also offers a unique way to boost your workouts in the form of rhodiola. This plant extract may help with exercise endurance, meaning you’ll get the most out of your workouts.

Bring on the Protein

You’ve probably heard weight lifters at the gym talking about getting enough protein, but you don’t have to be a bodybuilder to benefit from it.

This macronutrient helps promote muscle protein synthesis, and it can also slow the natural muscle loss that occurs with age, which can help you stay active for many years to come.*

You can get protein from many healthy sources, such as lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts. And if you want a tasty treat along with your protein, be sure to reach for a USANA Protein Snack in delicious flavors such as Fudge Delite™.

Fish Oil for Fitness

US BiOmegaOmega-3s, such as those found in BiOmega™ and BiOmega Jr.™, can also help you stay fit. This might be due in part to the fact that DHA and EPA (components of omega-3 fatty acids) contribute to blood flow to the muscles during exercise.

And if you need another reason to love fish oil, omega-3s are also great for helping you stay active as you age. They can help slow the natural process of muscle deterioration in the elderly when taken in conjunction with exercise.

†Meriva® is a trademark of Indena S.p.A.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

**Not all products are available in all markets.

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