Here are 5 key essentials that will help you not miss out

Get the most out of your 2019 "Get Fit" regimen

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Kicking-off the new year with the new you? I'm sure you are well off to a great start with your new health program, breaking a sweat every day, eating the healthiest meals, or maybe even intermittent fasting. Then life is golden right? …. maybe not so much. Whether you haven't had time to stay consistent or you haven't quite started yet, life happens. But sticking to your new year's resolution is going to take commitment. So, this means coming up with a plan and sticking to it. And regardless of when you jump start into your goals, try to keep in mind no matter what you do in the gym or what you eat, the other key essentials that will put a bow on your health program would be the supplements you take to compliment your workouts and healthy lifestyle.

Here are 5 key supplements, you may want to contemplate adding to your routine:

1) Whey Protein

Whey protein is a milk protein that absorbs into the body quickly. When your body digests the protein, it will start to stimulate the repair of the tissue. For years studies have shown taking whey protein immediately or up to 30 minutes after is essential. This 30-minute window is known as an "anabolic window", which means it is a short period of time in which your muscles are like a sponge for protein. Although there are more and more recent studies coming out that suggests the 30-minute window is longer and may not be limited to after exercise. Let's face it, we all forget sometimes after a workout to drink protein. And when we do remember it is not always in that 30-minute time frame. While there are many forms of protein out there, whey protein contains a wide range of amino acids, which are absorbed quickly. And when you consume a protein like whey immediately after your work out, you're supplying the body with amino acids they need to repair and grow when it is most beneficial. Studies have shown that it can help with losing body fat, help increase strength and muscle gain. Whey protein also contains bioactive that may offer other health benefits.

2) Pre-Workout

Although there is a slew of pre-workout supplements on the market, you-have-to-do-your-research-here! For the record, I am a super fan of pre-workout, but hey it works for some people better than others. And I am a fan of it on certain days. Not everyone is going to be in the best mood to work out every day after a long day at work or whatever it may be. Sometimes we all just need that kick start to get in the mood and get going. So, on those days… yes pre-workout is a must. For those other days that I am dying to get into the gym and get my work out, I stay away from the pre-workout. One of the reasons, like most supplements, pre-workout formulas are not regulated by the FDA for safety. Also, only if the product is certified through a third-party regulatory body, like NSF or informed choice, will you know that the product contains what it said it contains. Those organizations follow a strict vetting process to verify the quality and purity of supplements. There are also ways to fuel to body with the right foods that give the body similar "pre-work out" boosts. A banana or a sliced piece of bread with some jam can give you 15 grams of carbs, and that slight boost you need.

3) BCAAs

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are the building blocks of muscle. Three of the nine essential amino acids are leucine, isoleucine and valine which are eventually condensed into powder form for consumption. However, some protein-rich food products like dairy products, fish, meats, and eggs contain many BCAAs. These amino acids are super important to maintaining the muscle you have or are building. They help prevent your body from breaking down muscle and using it as energy (catabolism). The awesome part is you can drink BCAA's any time of the day, before work out, or after work out.

4) Beta Alanine or Casein

Onto another amino acid, beta-alanine. Beta alanine promotes and maintains muscle endurance and output, supports muscle capacity, and fights muscle fatigue. According to the International Olympic Committee, they have earmarked beta alanine as a supplement that can directly improve sports performance.

Casein is protein that is slowly digested into the system. This is primarily due to its structure since its coagulation in the stomach slows the rate of gastric emptying. When you sleep for a long number of hours your body is fasting. During your sleep your body is breaking down muscle fibers. If you are taking casein, it will help rebuild those tissues, as you sleep and as you lose muscle fibers from training.

5) Vitamins

While there are many vitamins out there, here are my top 5 for a healthy lifestyle:

Vitamin A- Healthy eyes, growth and development, teeth, skin

Vitamin B-Energy, Immunity, iron absorption

Vitamin C- immune system, repair of all body tissues, formation of collagen

Vitamin D-Strong healthy bones and teeth, great source of calcium

Vitamin E- healthy skin and eyes, blood circulation

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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