Forget the dark, lethargic days of January: the summer months are the best time to make a new fitness resolution! There are more hours of light to fit in activities after work, and the pleasant weather makes it easier to get motivated to head outdoors. So whether your passion is running, hiking, gymnastics or karate – or whether you just want to get fit at the gym, this is the best time of year to do it.

Our Hellenia Summer Fitness series of blog articles will help you get the best out of your time and body over summer 2018. Between now and the end of September we will be showcasing the best supplements to take for different amateur sports. Each supplement is chosen for effectiveness and affordability, and can be purchased in our online store.

Getting Gym Fit

If you want to raise your fitness level in a flexible and nonthreatening environment, consider joining a gym. Most gyms offer a range of fitness activities, including swimming, weights, cardio machines and exercise classes to suit all tastes. A gym provides a social environment and professional support should you need it, as well as the space to exercise on your own if that is what you prefer.

If you are new to exercise, most gyms have personal trainers available to tailor a programme to your fitness goals.

Getting results from gym membership requires commitment and focus, but you also need to pay attention to what goes on at home, as well as under the weights – especially in terms of diet and supplements.

The following inexpensive supplements will benefit anyone looking to enjoy their gym workouts and get their best possible results:

1) Multivitamin

Start by getting hold of a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement which you can take once a day with breakfast. This will make sure you have a good balance of dietary nutrients available to increase your energy and quicken recovery after workouts. Our multivitamins contain 27 essential nutrients, packing 100% of your daily nutrient value for:

Vitamin A, vitamin B1, B6, B12 & B2, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin K-1, biotin, folic acid, zinc, iron, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese.

Each tablet also contains therapeutic doses of boron, molybdenum, chromium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium

2) Native Whey Protein

Protein supplements are not just for bodybuilders. Drinking a whey protein shake before or after a gym workout aids muscle recovery and prevents your body stripping out muscle fibre as protein fuel while your metabolism is fired up after exercise. The Native Whey Protein is one of the best supplements on the market: low in sugar and fat and packing 95% protein by volume.

3) L-Carnitine

If the previous two are well-known staples of gym users, l-carnitine is less commonly known. An important amino acid, l-carnitine helps you oxidise body fat to release stored energy – and also speeds up the metabolism of glucose. This is good for people looking to lose weight, but also for gym goers seeking the maximum benefit from the food they eat. Taking l-carnitine supplements on a regular basis helps sustain good energy levels and build lean muscle.

4) Acidophilus

The modern high paced, high stress, largely sedentary lifestyle plays havoc with our digestive system. It is no wonder that digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are becoming more and more prevalent. Regular exercise will help with your digestion if you have problems, but unfortunately poor digestion inhibits the absorption of proteins and essential nutrients into your system - meaning you miss out on the full value of food and supplements.

Supplementing with Lactobacillus acidophilus is a way of redressing the balance in your digestive tract and improving nutrient bioavailability. Acidophilus is a probiotic, or one of those ‘friendly bacteria’ that often get mentioned in the context of fitness. The result of improved digestion is reduced lethargy, improved sleep and faster recovery time after exercise. You may also find you need to eat less to get the same nutritional benefits.

Visit Our Online Store

Our Hellenia online store is divided into convenient lifestyle and fitness goal categories to help you browse the supplements you need. We have a wide range of health and fitness supplements in stock ready for instant dispatch, many with customer reviews – so take a look and start getting your body prepped for the gym.