Pros And Cons Of Newbies Taking Supplements
Supplements are definitely a valuable component that should be part of a comprehensive health and fitness program.
But when abused, it can become a crutch.
Generally vitamins and minerals are safe for children to take. It is the stronger, performance-based supplements that need more thought before making a decision.
If you are too young, these supplements may increase testosterone levels and prematurely close your growth plates.
You may not reach your target height.
For beginners, consider these 4 suggestions before deciding to take supplements…
1. Build Discipline
Supplements are just that; these are supposed to augment deficiencies or provide key performance substances which the body cannot produce.
But some people; particularly beginners become dependent on supplements.
Dependency creates a psychosomatic condition whereby if the person doesn’t take it, he or she will start to feel weak.
Physical activity is not only intended to build a strong and healthy body. It should also develop confidence, patience and most of all, discipline.
Before you think about taking supplements, develop a structured and disciplined approach by focusing only on eating healthy, organic and natural foods to supplement your exercise program.
2. Ask Your Doctor
If you believe you should be taking supplements, get a check up from your doctor first.
Many of the most popular supplements such as whey protein may contain substances which you are allergic to.
Your doctor will require blood work to be done to identify potential allergies.
Your doctor will also give advice on whether you should take supplements given your age, family history and level of experience.
3. Talk To Your Coach
Drug testing in sports has become very strict and prevalent. If you plan to take supplements to support your intense training program the first thing you should do is to talk to your coach.
Your coach can advice you if there are supplements that contain banned ingredients which are prohibited by the relevant sporting organisation.
You could also check with league officials who will probably direct you to the website of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
4. Consult With A Personal Trainer
A Personal Trainer has seen and heard it all. He or she has been through a directory-full of clients who have been insisting on using supplements a few months into the program.
They have the expertise and experience to advice you if you should take supplements or not.
They will probably approve supplementary vitamins and minerals, whey protein and BCAAs.
But chances are they will not be as accommodating with supplements such as creatine, beta alanine and fat burners.
These supplements require discipline and a more mature mindset as these are easily abused.
Lastly, review your budget. Supplements can be quite expensive. It is always a good idea to start out with the basics such as a multi-vitamin, whey protein and BCAAs.
Remember to get off supplements after 6 to 8 weeks. Many contain artificial ingredients which could be toxic to your body if used for a long time.