If you have a hard time finding the energy to work out, keep reading.
Working up the motivation to go to the gym is never easy. Some days you shoot out of bed, ready to take on your workout with natural energy and vigor. Other days, you roll out of bed, land on the floor, and keep sleeping.
Pre-workout can be a saving grace in this second scenario. Pre-workout is just a drink that you ingest before hitting the gym, the same way you drink a protein shake afterwards. It generally contains lots of energy-boosting ingredients, like caffeine. Anyone who has ever tried it will tell you, some brands give you just the energy boost you need, and some brands are basically legal crack.
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Super strong pre-workout shakes can actually give you the shakes, and leave you feeling wired and overly alert. One of the ways you can circumvent this is by making your own DIY pre-workout shakes at home. The only thing you need are fresh ingredients, a blender, and a BPA-free protein shaker bottle like this one:
Here are three recipes for all-natural DIY pre-workouts.
Green Banana Smoothie
Benefits: Potassium, B1, B2, B3, B6, Magnesium, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin,
Ingredients: 4 large ripe bananas, one head of romaine lettuce (washed and chopped), 3 cups of water.
Directions: Pour 2 cups into a blender, ad 1 cup of ice and greens. Blend for 45 seconds. Add bananas, and blend until smooth.
Coconut Spirulina Smoothie
Benefits: Potassium, protein, B1, B2, B6, Magnesium
Ingredients: Coconut water, ½ teaspoon spirulina powder
Directions: Pour the coconut water and spirulina into your protein shaker, and shake it.
Orange Flax Smoothie
Benefits: Potassium, Magnesium, B1, B2, B3, B6, Folate
Ingredients: 5 peeled, seedless oranges, 3 tablespoons of cold-pressed flax or hempseed oil, ½ cup water
Directions: Put all ingredients into the blender, and blend until smooth.